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Re: grading art

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Mcracker
Sun, 28 Sep 1997 11:37:01 -0400 (EDT)

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Dear RWilk-
I heartily agree with you! I also think that by the upper elementary level
and middle school level at least, students should have the opportunity to
help develop the rubrics. In my middle school classroom, there are big sheets
of paper posted all over with the "criteria" (the word rubric seems too stiff
for middle schoolers) for each assignment going on. The students have helped
develop these and they consult the criteria frequently while working.
I also think that portfolio evaluation can be translated into a "grade" that
refers to an individual's progress over time. Again, this has nothing to do
with "talent" (a concept I really don't believe in anyway), but reflects many
aspects of any given project, including student reflection, specific
knowledge (notes, vocab.,etc.) as well as sketches and plans for the final
work.
I frankly hate grades as such, but I strongly believe in evaluation. Ideally,
we would have a conference or write a narrative about each student --
unfortunately, many of you who are teaching at the elementary level see
600-700 students a week! Some kind of shorthand is the only way that I can
see to deal with these numbers.
Marcia Thompson

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