I want to make a statement to my school district powers that be,
and I am looking for some ammunition. I believe that grades should not be
given for art work to children in early elementary grades. All my
students, grades 1-4 love art and they do not have problems participating.
At present, I am asked to give them a grade for their art work, and another
for participation. This may be so the parent or guardian can say," My child
is a better artist than my neighbor" or for some other inane reason. I
have never noticed a student to be concerned about a grade he or she might
receive. Since I know I have to establish some kind of notation for report
card reasons, I have proposed a S for satisfactory effort, or U for
unsatisfactory effort. Some kind of notation might be noted for a student
who goes above and beyond, such as wanting to come in to art during "free
time" or asking to stay after school to experiment with art matierials, or
someone with a special talent which might need extra nurturing. Do any of
you have any ideas that I might add when I go before my administrators?