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Date: Sun Oct 29 2000 - 15:06:14 PST

This is my first year as art teacher at my school. I need help with
grading. The 7th and 8th grades have 2 projects which I am grading for 1st
quarter. Many did not finish at the expected time, so I allotted time both
before and after school as extra work time for them to finish and repeatedly
reminded all classes that both these projects had to be finished by this past
Friday. (one project was a travel poster in tempera; the other was a papier
mache Aboriginal burial pole .) There are numerous students who did not
finish, nor did they make an effort to come to the extra work sessions or
talk to me about it. What do I do? My feeling is that administration will
not be pleased with a bunch of low grades going home for art class. (Lots of
parents calling!!) A big part of the problem with work not being finished is
that these classes in particular have caused me great grief with their
disruptive behavior. (art class=recess.) I have spent countless hours
devising ways to improve discipline in these classes, including giving
quizzes the minute they walk in. How do you handle grading unfinished work
in circumstances such as this?