Many teachers struggle with a fair way to evaluate and grade art projects. I have used this grading system for 22 years. Everytime I do my grades at the end of marking period, I have felt that this system results in a fair grade. It allows success, but is by no means an "easy A". Students that earn an "A" in Art have worked hard & turned in quality work to the best of their ability. Students that get lower grades earn lower because they are turning in partial work...even after I have tried many interventions to help them finish successfully. This system wont shake a Middle School student's self-confidence with grades like "D" or "F" in Art class. No angry parent phone calls because this system is reasonable and easy to explain. My students feel it is a fair system.
I have used the participation grade weekly. My grading scale is steep but my students know I mean business when I give them a warning... and I am consistant. They get one warning. If they repeat the unwanted behavior I simply say " You earned a point" and move on with my lesson. All students start with an A+ 100% on Monday. Each point removes a full grade, so 1 misbehavior becomes a B+, another a C+ etc. So simple but effective without overly upsetting anyone. To continue to misbehave was the student's choice and I warned them once so students and parents can't see me as too strict or unfair.. The participation grade for the week is entered every Friday. Sink monitor jobs get done, behavior is kept in check, noise level is productive, no interruptions during demos, instructions or roll call. No back talking either. It works well.
I count participation as 20% of their final art grade and 80% for art projects.
I am sharing these 2 handouts if anyone can use them. I hope my TPT customers find them useful &this helps them to enjoy how fun teaching Art can be everyday!Art Grading and Participation
by Susanne Reisterer
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