it is the end of the 9 weeks. (Insert sigh of relief here). It is also the week before Fall Break. I (a usually organized person) may very well be found buried under a pile of Frankensteins and Seascapes (and owls, and paperwork). Did I forget to mention that my order of art supplies arrived today? Not that I don't love a big box O' supplies (or 7) but in the midst of the grading/evaluating frenzy, I feel as if the boxes just walled in my prison.
In all seriousness, Artsonia has helped me to stay more caught up, so that I am evaluating through the 9 weeks, and not at the end. It also allows me to look at the overall progress of a student portfolio style. For the next few days, my goal is not to just hand back artwork, but to
have a small chat with each student about what they did, and what our
goal is moving forward. It went well today, and I think the students
were surprised and pleased to not only see their progress on my grade
sheet, but to know that yes, I look at what they do, and I remember what
they've done before. I even got to congratulate one student who is
usually a problem on his improved attitude and artwork this 9 weeks.
How do you tackle the end of a grading season? Frenzied grading?
Honest conversations? Denial?