In my understanding, an artifact is any piece of evidence that students are learning what you are teaching. It CAN be paperwork, but it could also be a video of a student presentation, a piece of artwork a student created for a literature project, a recording of a song written by a student, etc. Using the jargon may seem clunky, but isn’t it better than just saying paperwork, when paperwork doesn’t accurately cover all the options?
Sure, you’re absolutely right. I’m taking some humorous license.
I hope I’m not coming off as disingenuous with the strip… but ultimately I think the point I’m making is valid. The word “paperwork” certainly doesn’t cover all the options… but the word “artifacts” is also bad at covering all the options. “Artifacts” is a pretty vaguely defined term..
I don’t think you’re being disingenuous. And I may just be a little over-sensitive. I just thought the “pointless” and “nothing to do with educating” were a bit strong.
And believe me, I know the problems that teachers are facing with administrations using standardized test scores as a litmus test to judge teacher effectiveness. That’s really unfair for both teachers and students. On the other hand, obviously teachers do need to be evaluated, and I think student work is a decent way to do that. I don’t know.
Anyway, love the Indiana Jones thing. Next time your admin asks you for an artifact and you give him something from a student that you are particularly proud of, you should say “This belongs in a museum!”