Grading in art is so arbitrary.
Grading in art is a valid assessment of the students’ artistic knowledge and abilities.
I hate grading in art.
(There. That’s better.)
I just finished up grading (most of) my students, 1st grade-6th grade, for the first quarter. I have a hard time grading students during the first quarter because…
1)They’re still trying to get back into the swing of things in art
“That’s a really cool rocket ship, Johnny.”
“It’s a dog, Ms Art Teacher.”
“Oh… yes, I see it is…”
2) I’m still trying to get them to actually do anything
“No, Johnny, that’s not how we use erasers in the art room. Now please sit down and get out your crayons.”
“As I said four times already, boys and girls, when you get your paper, you can start. You got your paper 5 minutes ago, please start.”
3) We lose a lot of class time at the start of the school year
“What do you mean you’re regrouping the 5th graders in 3 weeks?”
“What do you mean we’re having another fire drill this week during the 6th grade art time?”
“What do you mean you have to leave early for pictures?”
“What? A field trip already? It’s not even October yet!”
4) I don’t know anyone’s name yet
“Johnny, can you answer this question for me?”
“My name’s not Johnny.”
“It’s not? What is it then?”
“Well, I just changed your name to Johnny, because that’s what it says on my seating chart and my seating chart is official. Now, please answer the question.”
5) I’ve got nothing to grade them on. Obviously.
I can’t really grade them on the PTA fundraiser we did at the start of the year, despite our attempts to align it with the curriculum.
I can’t really grade them on the art work they did the first 3-4 weeks before their classes were restructured around their band instruments/math groups because, well, I didn’t have any of these new kids during the first few weeks, the other art teacher(s) did, and, well… we’ll just leave it at that.
I can’t really teach anything of any importance or significance when half the class doesn’t show because they’re on a field trip.
And that day I had a sub is out of the question too.
All that being said, I finished my grades (mostly). I struggled through the A/O B/G C/S D/N grading system and gritted my teeth when the barely-above-a-C students received Bs just like the came-this-close-to-an-A students. Not that I’m saying out grading system is flawed or anything…
But, yeah. I totally am.
p.s. Can I just say, I hate giving grades with bubble sheets.
How do you deal with grading in art?