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RE: So MAD I could spit nails!

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Mon Oct 13 2003 - 11:12:45 PDT


Wow. I can totally relate to why you are so upset! We all have a
routine that we go through as we complete work...the mounting, grades
and comments, possibly photographing for a website, checking everyone
off our list to be sure they all finished, keeping classes together so
they will be easier to sort when the work comes down. Nobody but an art
teacher would "get it." Only one thing to do. Make it clear in a
"nice way" that you don't ever do it "that way" and explain a little bit
of why. Chalk it up to an experience and move on. I'll bet if you do
that it won't happen again.

This year I have added one more part to the rituals of all that I have
to do before the work goes up on the wall. I photograph each kid's work
for the net or whatever. But best of all, I have a table created in MS
Word that has a line for each student. I insert the photos of their
work into their slot on the table. By the time I write comments, I can
see clearly what EVERY child has done that quarter. I don't have to
keep as many notes during the quarter, as I can just look at the work in
the table and see their progress and accomplishments at a glance. It's
also an easy way for me to know quickly who is finishing their work and
who is behind. The kids love looking at their work in this table as
well. It's a mini portfolio! It does take some time, but in the end it
is worth it. I have photos for the web and photos to slide into the
table for my comments all with one click of my digital camera!

Our new website is launching soon. I can't wait to see what they have
done to my web gallery. I am praying that I like it.
They are transferring everything into the new site for me....a mixture
of relief and anxiety there, for sure. We'll see. So much time and
work have gone into that site. A lot is at stake.

Linda Woods,
Visit our Students' Art Gallery at St. John's School: www.sjs.org,
click on Fine Arts, Click on Lower and 6th Grade Art Gallery.

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