11089Re: What do mean I won't get an "A"
- Oct 1, 2006I teach intro Studio in Art class and sometimes will get the seniors
who have put off taking this class until the last minute (Art is
required to graduate in NY). They often believe it is an easy course
as well, and are disappointed when the get a grade much lower than
what they had expected. To resolve this, every project I grade has a
rubric/checklist. Students use this rubric as a checklist, then turn
the project and the rubric into me. I have strict deadlines for
projects, it is turned in on the day it is due or it gets a zero.
Students gain responsibloty by having to collect and turn work into me
by a certain date, rolling deadlines seem to lose the effect of
responsibility. My rubrics include handling materials properly.
presentation (wrinkled and smudge papers), concepts learned, effort
and elements being covered. They are a bit detailed, which take a
minute or two to grade, but since they were given the checklist/rubric
they should have taken the time to correct/fix what needed to worked
on. When returned, students can see exactly where they lost points,
instead of asking me. Since I teach 4 classes of Studio in Art and 1
foundations in Media arts, its a record of how i graded and keeps my
grading system fair, no favoritism. I also offer the students a
chance to rework and fix where they lost points. They can submit the
project for regrading up to one week before my grades are due.Students
can earn back effort points or proper material usage points, but can
earn back others. Students who truly care and want a better grade will
rework their projects, those who don't want to put the extra work in
won't. Since I have a strict deadline, students projects that may have
been incomplete are still graded (they often get lost or not turned
for rolling deadlines) and they can choose to come in extra and
complete it. I have just started using this system and i didn't get
attacked with questions and concerns once the projects were turned
back to the students. Maybe you could try this for a quarter and see
how it works.
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