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RE: [teacherartexchange] grading elementary art

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From: The Ericksons (familyerickson_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Oct 14 2009 - 19:09:35 PDT


Hi Jeryl,
1. Yes we call them grades.
2. E S N U
3. No requirements on number. I usually have 3 or 4 per 9 wks.
One of my grades is EAB (Effort, Attitude, Behavior)
4. Once a week 30 - 45 min. dep. on grade
5. Oklahoma

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From: jeryl HOLLINGSWORTH Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 2009 8:31 PM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: [teacherartexchange] grading elementary art

Hi All,
   My principal asked me to gather some input for her to present to our
deputy superintendent - she wondered if I knew any art teachers? Duh.
Anyway, I know this has been discussed before and I could probably search
the archives which I tried without much success. So I'm asking if you could
take a quick minute to respond to these questions. Currently we give an S
(satisfactory) or an N ( not meeting expectations) on report cards for our
students -1st grade through 6th. This is supposed to be based on the
students participating 80% of the time. Now they want us to still give s or
n but we will have to post at least 3 assessments for each grade level for
each nine weeks. Our principals think this is unrealistic for what is
considered an exploratory class at the elementary level. So here are my
questions for any elementary art folks who could respond.
1. Are you required to give grades?
2. If so, what are the grades (ex. A, B, or E, S,)
3. Do you have a required number of assessments for each nine weeks? or a
semester?
4. How many times do you see your students? ( we meet once a week for 45
minutes)
5. What state do you teach in?
Thanks in advance for the help. I'm frustrated with this whole situation
since we spent a long time developing a grading system several years ago
within the related arts teacher community in our district and then the new
administration changed it all without getting any input from us. Now they
want to change it again and at least my principal is trying to give us a
voice - so I feel I should get her some data. thanks again
side note- I did origami with 4 year olds today- you know you are in trouble
when you say, today we are going to make our art project by folding paper
and a sweet little one says, what is folding? It actually turned out really
well and they were thrilled with their fire dogs!
           Jeryl in SC

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