My house is plastered with kid art and work. I hang up almost everything my son and daughter create at home or in school. I’m proud of it ––all of it, even the scribbly, sloppy messes. It’s pretty amazing to see your kid’s strengths and weaknesses in an almost collage-like wall presentation.
I’m very conscious of art and projects that go home with my students. I want each and every student to have a wall at home just like my own kids, but with so many group projects, whether hard copy or computer based, there’s only so much that goes home nowadays. I try to take pictures of everything for my school website so parents and family can view them, but it’s not the same as having a memory in-hand or an art piece for the den.
When a group hard copy project needs to go home, I have a system in place to that makes it as fair as possible. It’s archaic.
Step One: I ask the group who wants the project. One Person? Easy. End of conversation. If there’s more than one, move to step two.
Step Two: Rock, paper, scissors–– Winner of best of three takes home the cake. Yes, there’s whining involved.
It’s not hard to decide who gets the project, but the end result is less than desirable. As a parent, I would love to own all of my kids projects, especially projects they’ve worked on for a long period of time. Is there a better way to do this? And as for the computer-based projects, you can always print out a Powerpoint, but that uses a lot of ink and paper. Prezi is cool, but my third graders have a difficult time using that program. I’m sure there’s plenty of web-based presentation Apps, but nothing beats a good-old fashioned art project, right?
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