Grading is my least favorite part of my job. Art is so subjective, however I try to be as objective as I possibly can be when it comes to assigning grades to the projects that my students turn in.
Today marks the last day of the First Quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. The last 4 days of the quarter have been used as "Ketchup Days". Students have the opportunity to use class time to finish any projects that they may not have completed. It is up to students to get their work done and to use their time wisely. I conference with each student, showing them their grade for the quarter and give them the opportunity to complete or redo projects.
In my classroom, I have visual reminders of the expectations for the level of craftsmanship for middle school students so that there is no question about what is expected from them at this point in their school career.
|This rubric is on my door and is an example of the expectations for craftsmanship and coloring. Often, I will redirect students to the rubric when they turn in a project so that they can self-assess.|
This second image is on my front board (in a different direction!) and shows the expectations for different media. I want to make sure that students have absolutely no question as to what is expected of them.
|I also use a modified rubric fashioned from the Studio Habits of Mind. This outlines expectations in the Art Room (studio) and demonstrates to students that they need to participate in taking care of the classroom and materials, not giving up when learning a new skill and learning to think like an artist.|