My classroom will operate under the expectations of readiness, responsibility, and respect. In my experience, I have found that building relationships with my students yields the best behavior and makes responding to the negative behavior more natural and genuine. When students feel known, they feel appreciated. It causes an accountability that makes them want to show me their best self.
In my classroom students will understand that fairness is not always equality. I will not waver on my expectations of the “three R’s” but my implementation of classroom management practices may vary based on the nature of the students. Every student deserves solutions that cater to him or her individually.
It is mandatory that students have fun in my classroom. No excuses :)
Formative assessment will be implemented in my classroom through individual and group critiques. They will offer the student a chance to share their techniques, ideas, successes, and struggles. The class or small group will help the artist brainstorm solutions as well as give compliments or suggestions for improvement. Students will have this discussion using artistic language and respectful words.
Summative assessment will be seen through a standardized rubric that scores following directions, imagination, neatness, and participation. Students will have a chance to grade themselves in these categories as well as give an explanation of their work. As I grade their pieces, I will consider their own scores, their abilities, and reward them for risk-taking.
To measure growth, I use a pre and post-assessment that measures their prior knowledge of the subject before the lesson then measures their acquired knowledge after the lesson. My rubric and smart sheet can be viewed by clicking the buttons above and below.
Methods & Strategies
I will educate students to create art with technique and skill but I will teach those skills inside of a framework that includes common core integration, a variety of learning styles, and creative problem solving. I’ve become well-versed and excited at the prospect of integrating common core. Not only does art reinforce common core subjects, but they reinforce art in return! I will make art more comprehensible and relevant to them by incorporating historical, scientific, and literary contexts in my lesson.
The common core relevance and creative nature of my content allows room for all seven learning styles in my curriculum. Seeing my students as individuals is crucial for my success. This means catering to all ways students might learn my content best. Even the students with poor fine motor skills or technique will succeed in my class because they will learn connections.
In my classroom, I will set out to teach skills and techniques but will always leave room for exploration. My assignments will give students an understanding of how to comprehend and apply the elements and principles of art. But more importantly, they will allow students to exercise and develop skills in communication, critical thinking, and creative problem-solving.