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grading elementary art

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Lon Nuell (lrnuell)
Fri, 26 Sep 97 15:49:13 -0000

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First, children's work should not be graded.

Next, if you must grade to satisfy the school or system, consideration
must be given to the essential facts of the lesson.......the concepts or
content you taught because you wanted them to develop some basic
understanding of certain art-related ideas. Grade them on the basis of
the degree to which they understand (or don't understand the material).
If you teach a skill, evaluate (grade) on the basis of how well they
handle that skill, but on the basis of each individual (since they will
all be unique developmentally at the lower grades, and have varying
abilities, still at the upper end of the 6th grade).

What you cannot grade is the content of the child's work (unless you
taught pattern and it was to be included in the work)...but even then
keep in mind that the child's image or object comes from a developing
imagination and intelligence which is wholly unique, and which cannot be
marked with a meaningful grade....that is one that is meaningful to the
child.


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