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Re: artsednet digest: September 03, 2004


Date: Sat Sep 04 2004 - 10:56:55 PDT

Hello Artsednetters:

On the subject of grading, have any of you considered the idea of
self-evaluation? My students have been grading their own art for almost 10 years. It
eliminated a lot of these problems we are discussing about grades recently. I
feel that they are really in charge of their own learning this way. When students
who happen to work more quickly, but do a quality job finish, they know that
they must continue to develop their art skills with an alternative project.(I
have options set up at a station in the classroom) If they do not, they know
that they effect their work habit points. There is a clear understanding in my
classroom that we all work at different paces, and that is okay. Some of us
are detail artists, and some of us may have the capability of working more

I don't feel that our slower artists should be penalized as someone
suggested. I feel a clear due date is necessary, however, and if the students are
behind, they must take it home or work on it outside of class. I always give them a
week to finish it if they cannot by the last class work day. If we waited for
those who were slower artists to finish in the allotted class time, we
wouldn't meet very many of the curriculum goals. The kids really need to learn about
due dates. I try to provide the students with a work world comparison, so
they understand why it is important to turn something in on time. If they don't
learn it now, they will have trouble when they join the work force.

  -Dawn, Art Educator in Tucson