Hi all I hope you all had a brilliant and relaxing summer!
This year I have made it one of my targets to keep my GCSE art classes all up to date with incomplete and unfinished work. I find that there is nothing worse than looking through a students sketchbook and folder of work and seeing lots of potentially great pieces of work that are not complete!
I have made a chart to put up on my cupboards so that once I have seen a students piece of work and I deem it to be complete it can be ticked off. Both myself and students can then easily see who has work to be completed.
Fingers crossed this will go some way to keeping unfinished work at the front of their minds!
While looking about the app store I came upon a great app called iDoceo. In short it is a mark book and planner but it has many little features that really save time and are very useful. I try not to ever spend much on apps just in case they are not great, but I am glad that I took a gamble on this one (its currently £4.99) as it is worth every penny.
I can now easily keep a record of all my pupils gardes and marks and no more scribbling out or crossing out things when I have made a mistake in the back of my planner. But the feature I most like is the ability to photograph students work and attach it to the relevant grade. I can also type comments on their work and then print this out to feedback to them.
The link to the app in the UK itunes store: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/idoceo-teachers-assistant./id477120941?mt=8
I have designed a word document which I hope will help when it comes to marking and giving written feedback to the upper school art and design pupils.
The first table is where I will type out the different tasks that should have been completed, I will then write yes or no in the ‘completed?’ column depending on the if the work is evidenced in their sketchbook/ folder. After this is a box for the teacher to write a brief comment on pieces of work that are particularly successful or show a good quality of work. The last box is where the teacher should note down comments about work that needs completing or refining etc. Both the teacher and pupil should sign the paperwork so that it is evidenced that a discussion has taken place between them.
I hope this will help pupils to see where they need to improve!
Link to Teacher feedback word document: Teacher Feedback sheet
I have always found it difficult to mark lower school artwork, up until now I have just been giving comments highlighting the positives in the work and then the areas to improve. I wanted to try and find a better way of given more feedback to pupils, that would not give me more work/writing.
So I have developed two tables that can be stuck in to pupils sketchbooks and then completed by the teacher. The first one shown is for marking homework. The second table shown is slightly different and is for general classwork, I would stick this into pupils sketchbooks periodically to show them how I feel they are generally working in class. This would be used alongside my usual written comments on their artwork.
I have developed these from examples shown on this website: http://atlantis.coe.uh.edu/archive/electives/elective_lessons/electiveles8/grading.htm
Link to the files:
Homework marking stickers
Class work marking stickers