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Re: [teacherartexchange] grading elementary art

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From: Woody Duncan (woodyduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 18:30:14 PDT


On Oct 14, 2009, at 4:54 PM, M. Austin wrote:

> 1. Are you required to give grades? Yes
>
> Note: I give them all A's.

Bless you Michal,
                                        Woody

> 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!
> ~Michal
> 3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
> HS Digital Communications
> Technology Integration Specialist
> http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
> http://www.usd492.org

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