Hello Roshanda --
Perhaps the 4th graders would be old enough to write their own
directions for your projects... and then check them off as they
complete each step.
For the younger students, I find I have to make the directions no more
than 3 or 4 steps, with a visual demo at the beginning. As they work
I'll have them stop for a minute and, for example, raise their hand if
they are doing such and such. Or hold up what they have so far......
I don't "have" to formally assess our K's and 1's but for 2nd and 3rd
grade I might assess on skills like cutting, glueing, using 6 colors,
It may help to show 2nd and 3rd a simple rubric or checklist of
exactly what they'll be graded on.
AND, when all else fails, I keep some skittles candy handy for
rewarding a particular table or group who DID follow directions right
away. Food, the great motivator.......
Hope this helps --
Liz in Rural beautiful colorful NY
> Subject: Following Directions
> From: "Roshanda Burtscher" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Date: Fri, 2 Oct 2009 05:51:07 -0400
> X-Message-Number: 1
> Hello everyone and happy Friday!
> I am having trouble with a group of classes that just don't follow
> directions. The classes are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. I want to come up
> with a project that I can grade them on how well they followed the
> directions, but so far I have come up with nothing. I am familiar with the
> one where you give them verbal instructions and they each come up with a
> different design (I think from the book Drawing with Children), but I want
> something I can assess them on as well.
> Any ideas?
> Roshanda Burtscher
> Winterfield Venture Academy
> K-8 Art