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grading art

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Sun, 28 Sep 1997 00:47:37 -0400 (EDT)

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I sincerely do not wish to upset anyone or sound like a ranting maniac. But I
simply have to sound off on this business of grading. If we continue to say
that we do not have anything to grade how are we going to convince anyone to
take what we do seriously.
On the subject of grading in art classes. It is entirely possible and
incredibly easy to construct lessons with clear objectives and even easier to
objectively evaluate those lessons. I was never aware that there were those
who graded children on their talent or lack thereof. Grades in any subject
should be based on the retention or non-retention of a body of knowledge.
There is a large body of knowledge in the visual arts upon which lessons
should be based. It is so simple to design lessons with standards related to
the art elements and design principles. And they can be geared to any
age/ability level. Give the students the rubric (the standards to which they
are to work and what they are worth in terms of a grade, any kind of grade,
i.e., numerical, letter, cotton balls,.....) at the same time they are given
the assignment. They know what they are working for; you have a simple "check
list" to use in evaluation. What's the problem? If done properly not only
does talent never enter the picture but also students have a greater freedom
to develop individual styles at earlier ages. There are no unhappy students
because they all work for the grade of their choice. And you the teacher are
there to ensure that each student has the assistance necessary to reach
his/her goals. I suspect that lessons which do not provide easy objective
evaluation are not properly constructed to start with. Learning CAN be fun.

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