Uh, yeah. You do.
Their response makes me strongly believe the current assessments I use don’t have much impact. When you think about it, that makes sense really. Rubrics are typically text-based and these are students who are new to reading. As someone who teaches a visual subject, I inherently understand their academic absorption is strongest when the materials is image-based.
So, why am I not using their lexicon instead of my own?
I’ve developed a general, image-based rubric that I have just begun to use. There are four categories on the rubric: Craftsmanship, Completeness, Creativity, and Clean-Up. Each category is represented with a picture and with text. Next to each category is a set of grading smilies worth 1-5 pts. The category smilies are represented with a smile and the following grade categories: Excellent, Very-Good, Good, Developing, and Try-Harder. Since this rubric is for my youngest students who are still new to art, it is important this rubric have an overall friendly feel; I feel this has been accomplished.
09/22/2012 update: This is one of my most popular posts. Scribd now requires users to register in order to download, a $9 fee. However, you can still screen-shot the image and/or right-click-and-save and voila! you will have the rubric.
You can also download a copy of the visual rubric on SmArtTeacher here. Please do not email me for any copies of the rubric. Since I work very hard, for free, to make anything I upload here available to you, I no longer email out any extras unless it is part of a contest etc. etc.
So far, the response has been super-positive. My students really like the smiley system, and when they have something less than “Good,” they want to discuss it. I like that a lot. It gives me another opportunity to talk with them about what I think they could do next time.
I also believe this will help parents to understand how grading works in my classroom. Furthermore, I think this kind of system allow parents to know how seriously I take what the students do in Art class, and in this way creates more value for what the students and I do inside of class.
**you are welcome to share this rubric on your website or blog but please credit Artful Artsy Amy as the source. Please do not re-publish this lesson plan for profit or for a grade. Images for the rubric originate from illustrator Michael Hicks from Discovery Kids Clip-Art. The clip-art is free for educator use, but cannot be used for monetary profit in any manner.*