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Lesson Plans


Re: KIDS WHO NEVER FINISH :(

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Mcracker
Sun, 21 Nov 1999 10:28:27 EST


Anna-
I provide those reddish portfolios (I have two sizes) for those who don't
finish. Many of them are delighted to be able to take the work home and it
seems special because of the portfolio (this even works with eighth
graders...the perfectionist-types, anyway). I do not deduct points for late
work and sometimes even give an incomplete, if I believe the student will
continue to work on the project. I also often assign an inbetween project
which is required for those who finish a major on and is averaged in, but is
excused for those who are working hard, but just taking longer. This can get
fairly complicated, but I find it worthwhile in terms of quality of work and
student interest. Nothing makes me sadder than seeing a student rush a
project that could have been exceptional, but is rushed because of a due date
that the teacher has imposed. In general, my students do not take advantage
of this system. Is it "real world"? Well, that really depends on the world
they are going into. There is a deadline...the end of the semester, quarter,
whatever. If they are going into commercial art or advertising, there are
many other real world lessons to be learned that are not like school. And of
course, I've been in the school environment so long, this is my real world...
Marcia

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