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Re: awards summary

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Litesal (Litesal)
Tue, 8 Sep 1998 18:25:53 -0400

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From: Litesal <Litesal>
To: artsednet <>
Date: Sunday, September 06, 1998 8:37 PM
Subject: awards summary

Hi All,

This is a resend. The first time I sent it (over the weekend), it never
made it!


>Dear Colleagues,
>Below is a list of the ideas and opinions I received about giving art
>awards...I still am not sure what I'm going to do! I did not give credit
>because I put some of the ideas together, and I'm not sure, anymore, who
>said what. All of these ideas came from people from the list.
>-Based on art grades from grade 2-5, straight A's
>-Have an art exhibit, no awards
>-Base awards on learning skills and craftsmanship. Quality learning,
>participation and effort, not artistic excellence, because they are just
>-Reasons other than talent, like effort, helpfulness, citizenship,
>-Don't tie to behavior, but to learning and effort.
>-Give awards, kids are motivated by them, and it helps their self-esteem.
>-Base on top grades and effort, students that come to mind as great art
>students. Not discussed during the year, to avoid a competitive
>-Make sure they are meaningful, not just given away, top students who
>produce quality and push themselves.
>-Awards to all students.
>-Good students, not (just) good artists
>-Based on learning and risk taking, not talent
>-Involve students in many shows and competitions to give them a chance to
>succeed, national and regional competitions for recognition.
>-Grades, attitude, going beyond general level of performance
>-Group projects, group recognition
>-Don't do awards, talk with students and parents about the students'
>-Awards for A+ grades, based on a Rubric.
>As you can see, this is a debatable topic. I did find that of those who
>agreed with the award concept, many felt the award should be based on the
>qualities that show a student tries to learn, has learned and continues to
>improve because of the learning. Talent was not focused upon. "Talent,"
>now that's a whole new philosophical question for us to discuss! Thanks to
>all of you.
>Sincerely, Leah