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Re: [teacherartexchange] grading elementary art


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 15:54:49 PDT

1. Are you required to give grades? Yes

 2. If so, what are the grades (ex. A, B, or E, S,) A,B,C,D,F

 3. Do you have a required number of assessments for each nine weeks? No

4. How many times do you see your students? 50 min a week

5. What state do you teach in? KS

Note: I give them all A's. Why is Art weighted so much more heavily than the
other classes? The students have math for 50 minutes a DAY. I see them for
less than 8 hours total each 9 week period, and a good portion of that is
dedicated to finding their seats, quieting down, getting out supplies, &
clean up. There is not a realistic amount of time for me to truely instruct
and for the students to practice their new knowledge. What do you do when a
student is absent? If they miss one class period how on earth can they make
up the time missed? I told my administrator that I didn't believe we should
mess with "good learning" with assessments. He agrees, so I just give the
elementary students A's. In the last 10 years I have had 0 office referrals.
Students are engaged in art while in my classroom. My principal has 2
daughters in my program, one very talented, the other - well, not so much.
Yet it is obvious that they are both learning about art. I love not having
the stress about grading - I do have to give grades at the middle & high
schools, but even those are for the sake of "playing the game". I appreciate
the fact that I am supported in my program. Many of my students go on into
art related careers, so I must be doing something right!
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist

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