My students final grades are weighted, based on four areas: 40% on Studio
projects done in class, 30% on sketchbook drawings / photo journal (in class
and homework assignments), 15% on written tests and quizes,and finally 15% on
class participation, verbal presentations and clean-up.
- These are explained the first week of class and students are then given a
sheet of paper re-iterating the grading proceedure asking for his /her
commitment to do their best to succeed in art class. The students then sign,
date and hand in their commitment before the second week of class (usually
the same class period). Those that do not sign will get a phone call home
expressing my concern over their attitude (but have not yet had to call
anyone in the past 3 years).
- The signed sheets came in handy last year as I had 1 irate parent come to
conference and say that I did not have the right to grade her daughter down
for not cleaning up after herself. "What was this -Elementary school??" I
remember her screaming! As I explained things she got more irate and
demanded that she see this commitment- so the following day I provided her
with a "copy" of the document her daughter signed and had not spoke with the
women since. Now we all know that these are not legal documents -just a
positive statement from a student taking an art course. It sets them in the
right direction and also is an indicator to me weather or not they understand
what is required of the class.
A lesson to be learned here- cover your butts with documentation.
Kathy in Kalamazoo