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Assessment [Question]

Grading elementary art

Started on Mar 20, 2012 by lightARTed
Last post on Jun 05, 2012

I am having trouble developing a grading syllabus that I like for elementary school art. I would love any input and would appreciate any ideas you would like to share on how you grade. Currently I use ART: A=Attitude, (effort) R=Responsibility T=Technique

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  • Warhol 03/25/2012 at 12:00am
    Attitude and responsibility are a bit nebulous.
    Go with ALWAYS in on time, fulfilled your REQUIREMENTS, and use of TOOLS

  • lightARTed 03/25/2012 at 09:22am
    Thank you Warhol for your suggestion!!! I never felt comfortable with what I had and basing their grade on attitude and responsibility ended up feeling like I was grading behavior.

    Much thanks!!!

    Keep the suggestions coming...

  • KSenkarik 04/03/2012 at 03:53am
    Warhol, I LOVE that idea! Right now I am required to grade on "Effort and Conduct" only but the ART strategy will give me a measurable way to grade effort for all of my students! Thank you!

  • ercarlson 04/03/2012 at 11:32am This is what I came up with. I was asked to do standards based grading. It's hard if you make it hard. I think the trick is to find a simple way to assess these things. I am still working on it, but from first to 2nd semester...I have simplified immensely and will spend some time this summer considering how I can do it better.

  • beachbum 04/03/2012 at 02:53pm
    We aren't allowed to grade effort and conduct. We must do standards based grading and it is very time consuming and difficult. I am in my 3rd year trying to make it easier. I will get there this summer hopefully.

  • mrsvwheeler 04/03/2012 at 03:31pm
    Since art is subjective,to most parents... I can't grade on "pretty", but I can grade on them showing me their knowledge of skills I am teaching/attitude in learning.

    I grade on 1)implementing the skill that I am teaching 2) following directions (showing me implementations 3)Neatness seems to work very well for me. I am interested in hearing from others, too!

  • rlaurenzi 04/22/2012 at 09:30am
    We use a self-assessment rubric that includes Participation, Understanding, Craftsmanship, & Creativity. Participation: Did you follow directions and stay on task? Understanding: Did you use the art elements/principles/concepts taught in this lesson? How well did you use them? Craftsmanship: How well did you use the art supplies? Were you neat and careful? Creativity: Is your artwork unique? Did you come up with some new and different ideas? They rate themselves on a scale from 1-5 for each category.

  • rlaurenzi 04/22/2012 at 09:44am
    I forgot to add: On the rubric there is a column for them to rate themselves, and one for me to rate their work. That way they can compare

  • RuthByrne 05/20/2012 at 01:57pm
    rlaurenzi, I love your rubric, very comprehensive without being overly complicated.
    I think rubrics that neglect creativity undermine the unique benefits of an art classroom. Grading their on task behaviors and use of tools and techniques are important, but I like to give kids who break all the rules for a project a chance to show me they did it for a reason. The "Creativity" section is my chance to affirm positive rule breaking.

  • lbfreer 06/05/2012 at 03:09am
    I used a rubric successfully this year-I believe it was on the princeton site. Not all the criteria fit the projects. It was amazing how honest the students were when they self assessed. I also conferenced with them one on one using their portfolios and the rubric.