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art awards

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Liz Menichino (menichino)
Thu, 3 Sep 1998 21:35:53 -0400


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Hi, can you stand one more idea for awards? Someone gave me a pack of =
really nice art awards, so I gave some thought to using them for my 5th =
graders, who won't have me next year when they go to Middle School. I =
really dislike any favoritism, or contests, or anything that would make =
anyone feel badly. So I based it on their art grades for the previous 4 =
years. From 2nd grade on I grade occasional assignments (4 or 5 a year) =
based on skills like gluing (any "oozy" glue showing?), careful cutting, =
use of primary colors, neatness in printmaking, etc. Things that can be =
accomplished by any student regardless of "talent". I also will not =
give them an A unless their names are on their work. So, I looked back =
through the grade books on last year's 5th graders (125 of them) to see =
who got straight A's in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade and gave awards to =
those students. It figured out to be only about 8 kids receiving =
awards, which really made them feel special. At the awards ceremony I =
told all the 2-5th graders in attendance that they could all achieve =
this if they did their best work. It also seems to lend importance to =
the art program in the eyes of visiting parents & awards dignitaries... =
Liz M.

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