> Questions for all you experienced art teacher gurus out there:
> I'm in a new k-5 school this year and I understand that my predecessor was a
> really tough grader. Several parents had questions in past years and had
> complained, "What does my child have to do to get an O in art ??!!) PE was
> just as tough. We give O for Outstanding, S - Satisfactory and N-needs
> improvement and that's it. This is a very high-test-scoring school with many
> kids testing as GT and very supportive and involved parents.
> In my former (rougher) school, I basically gave O's to students that showed
> up, tried everything, cooperated, demonstrated an understanding of the art
> objectives, included the things I was asking them to include, were
> respectful, didn't throw objects, curse me and didn't carry on loud, rude
> conversations while I was giving directions.
> In the new school, all the children are respectful, eager to try everything,
> take pains to include the things they need to, finish the projects, are
> cooperative and follow directions. Basically, a dream school. (And yes, I
> know I am lucky.) They work hard to attain good grades as it is important to
> them and their families and I am at a loss as how to grade them. I don't
> think they should have to struggle for an O in art.
> I am sure to tell them that they needn't be 'talented' to get a good grade in
> To me, an O equates to an A or a B and an S is closer to a C. An N would be
> a child that doesn't do the work or try to complete it. I guess that's my
> problem and I am worried that I might be considered an 'easy' grader. But
> then again, this is still elementary art and why should they be
> Advice, please!
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