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grading themselves -art rubrics


Date: Tue Oct 26 2004 - 19:01:49 PDT

Hi folks,
   I'm a little behind in reading but I noticed a thread about students
grading themselves, does it work,etc... I just had an interesting thing
happen in this area. My second graders are doing scarecrow collages in
mixed media (really mixed-you should see the floor!-straw, fabric,
yarn,paper,buttons,etc...) I did this last year and the classroom
teachers loved it because they used the artwork for a writing project
using descriptive writing. This year we are repeating the project but
the teachers wanted it done ASAP (I usually take 3 45 minute sessions)
but one class was a week behind. So we pushed the project through
yesterday and I didn't use the rubric I had prepared for them to grade
themselves when they finish their artwork. The projects were so-so.
With todays second grade, the students came in to class 2/3
finished-had their background paper ready (1/2 blue 1/2 green cut and
glued together) body glued on (two craft sticks crossed) and heads in
place (their choice of orange paper pumpkin head or burlap cut to look
like bag-however they wanted). We went over the rubric which had 3
parts-head,body and background details. If they had no head -0 points,
head with face-1 point, head with face and one detail-2 points, head
with face and more than 1 detail-3 points. Details could be hat, hair,
straw,crow on the head,etc... I gave them some ideas. The rubric
continued in that manner. They knew what they could do to get the most
points. 45 minutes later--they had fantastic creative, detailed
scarecrows. Was it just the class or the rubric used ahead of time?
Maybe tomorrows class will help me decide! But I have seen the same thing
before-if they know what you would consider a great project it helps give
them some direction. I'm trying to use rubrics more before they do their
work. This is the first one second graders have used this year.
            Jeryl in SC