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NOV 2012

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piece of tagboard, and a 5 x 7" (13 x 18 cm) tagboard template to trace around the larger piece. I asked them to each create a highly finished and resolved 5 x 7" graphite composition by drawing three objects selected from the box. Differentiation By including objects requiring different skill levels and allowing students to choose, I built differentiation into the assessment. In addition to objects, mediate and advanced classes use more of the strips in the envelopes. The advanced and AP students' challenge was even more difficult: They were given their materials several days in advance of their exam block, allowed to work with them outside of class, and were required to submit a finished artwork in color, along with planning pages that included very specific components (e.g., a color key, a colored thumbnail sketch, etc.). inside the box, it was a winner. Students commented that they would like to do it again as a classroom assignment. How often do students ask to repeat anything that was on an exam? Betsy DiJulio is a National Board Certified art teacher at Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she was the 2010 Citywide Teacher of the Year. She is also the author of The Blooming Platter Cookbook. betsy.dijulio@vbschools.com Anna Marks. I included four envelopes in each box, one per student. Inside the envelopes were strips of color-coded paper on which were printed problem-solving strategies, compositional strategies, universal shapes, commands, and reproductions of familiar artworks. For each successive course, the degree of difficulty of the challenge was increased, requiring that the inter- Assessment To assess the finished products, I developed checklists of about twenty dos and don'ts related to each level's challenge and assigned a five-point value to each. Scoring the work was very quick and objective so that areas of strength and weakness were easily grasped. Though my outside-the-box thinking about midterm exams led me back NatioNaL StaNdard Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks. Web LiNk www.thebloomingplatter.blogspot.com schoolartsonline.com 33

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