One of the most challenging aspects of teaching elementary art is keeping a large group of students on task in this exciting environment. I have developed a worksheet that will help the student to recognize the class objectives, brainstorm, plan using thumbnail sketches, evaluate themselves and peers. Personal and peer review is an important part of art and is helpful in classroom management. The students will be required to reflect on his or her progress and also be reviewed by a classmate. This tool helps to increase motivation, focus, excellent craftsmanship and teamwork. This tool is also helpful to keep in the student portfolio to enable more comprehensive and objective grading. This worksheet can be reviewed in parent teacher conferences and kept on file as evidence of objective grading. This rubric is generic and can be used for any or all art projects.
On portfolio days I used to feel like I was running around giving directions and students weren't engaging in the artwork, but this little road map can help your students to plug in to their own work flow. On a "portfolio day" day when you have odds and ends to finish, fill out the top two lines prior to class make copies have the students read the directions and discuss craftsmanship also talk about completion and craftsmanship, show examples of completed and neat work and the opposite.
The discussion can help the student to talk about what he or she needs to finish. Classmates can offer suggestions on how to complete work as well. The students will guide the portfolio process and each can take ownership over his or her education and artistic process.
The section on OBJECTIVES is where the student will fill in what he or she will be working on in class this helps the student stay grounded on what needs to be completed.