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Re: grading elementary art-is it required for you?

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lindwood_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Wed Sep 15 2004 - 04:42:32 PDT


I photograph everything the kids do and make mini portfolios of their
work in a MS Word table document. I use these images to write comments
and do my grades. I no longer write comments daily unless if I have a
pressing need to do so occasionally. I do this on the day that MOST are
finished, and I photograph the unfinished work too. That allows me to
see work rates over time very easily. I still require the work to be
finished, but I can see progress clearly in the photos and know who was
late because of dawdling, ADD, or because they were very ambitious or
meticulous. We have a great new program on our laptops this year
called, "Irfanview, or Ifranview" Not sure of spelling. In it, you can
do batch conversions of photos VERY easily. What that means is that I
can shoot my pictures as large format for great resolution. I go
through them and name them and save them to a Cd. Then I use Ifranview
to convert the whole batch at one time to 320 pixels for my webgallery
specifications. It takes about a minute. This same smaller pixel size
works well for sliding into the mini portfolio tables as well as my
webpage. I can write comments very easily when I can see at a glance
EVERY child's complete work on these portfolio tables.
We have been grading on "applies effort to technique" and "develops
ideas thoughtfully." Weezie and I are going to talk about report cards
again this year. I LOVE those two categories but she wants to move to
"Skills" and "Effort" again. We also have a behavior grade. We have
been grading on a 4,3,2,1 scale, but our Lower School is talking about
report cards this year and the whole thing is up for changes as we see
fit.

Linda Woods

Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School

www.sjs.org
 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.

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