You guys are awesome! I just had my first teacher workday. Grades need to
be in this week. I've finished my elementary grades, but I'm having probs with
the middle school. Since so many of them are knuckleheads and never turned
in work, I have a ton of D's and F's. So, I've made up a grade worksheet.
Tomorrow I'll have a conference with every student who has a C or below. I'll
have the student bring his or her portfolio and the worksheet. I know that
several of my students did the work but just never turned it in.
In the meantime, I'm working on my game plan for the next nine weeks. I have
printed out all of your advice and placed it in a folder to review. So far,
I'm making a syllabus so that the students will know exactly how they will be
graded in my class. I have revamped my rules and made them clearer. Students
may not move from their seats without permission. There is to be no
socializing in class, etc... I am going to create rubric checklists for every project,
and I am going to ask that they keep an art notebook with a grading worksheet
in it. Every time we start a new project, I will ask them to fill out the
worksheet with the project title and due date. Once they receive a grade, they
need to log the grade on the worksheet. This way, they can keep track of
their grades and will know when they are missing grades.
I'm still trying to come up with a good plan for cleanup.
I'm also debating over sketchbooks. I'm not sure if I want to try them again
or simply do away with the idea. I also thought about assigning a group
project on art history, but we don't have a library, and I don't have computers
for them to use...so I hate to assign a project that must be done strictly at
Still working it all out, but you guys have given me wonderful ideas. Thanks