Speaking of middle level…. Today I will be presenting during our Middle Level Medley II session with a few other middle level folks about our best practices, lessons, etc. I am very excited to be sharing with so many folks. I will be giving an overview of my choice-based art experiences and sharing how I assess choice-based art projects at my school. We are required to give 1-2 test/project grades and daily work grades each quarter. The daily work grades aren't so bad, but how do I assess 320+ students' art projects - when there are so many different projects going on and being submitted???
I have to share this link (http://artsaysthat.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/teaching-artistic-behavior-its-a-wow/) to blog where I discovered some posters for WOW! and Not-So-Wow! projects. What's a WOW! Project??? It's a term a lot of TAB and choice-based teachers are using for their students' projects. We want them to understand what WOW! and Not-So-Wow! Projects look like. With permission - I have taken the examples from the blog mentioned above and adapted mine a little and have them displayed in our art room. Feel free to use these or create ones for your kiddos!
I also want to share a rubric/artist statement form the kids use to assess their work and for me to assess their work. I have taken bits and pieces from various rubrics I have found and created to make the example below. Again, please feel free to use that example or adapt as you see fit. I have adapted it a few times this school year based on student use/feedback because they need to have a rubric that works for them. I want them to share what works.
Sharing with colleagues and with your students are important components to any successful art classroom. I will share some of the things I learn from other choice-based art teachers in my next blog… so much to learn, so little time!
Artfully Yours, Nikki