I took a refresher course this summer, preparing to go back to teaching. We
covered educational theory as well as techniques through teacher and
student demos. We discussed tying curriculum to ministry of education
expectations and assessment (although not enough of that!). Other topics
were equity and diversity (eg. using clay to make a cultural statement),
cross-curricular connections, special education, health and safety in the
visual arts classroom, social issues and the art budget. We also had a
field trip and we talked about taking a class on a trip.
We had to prepare two major assignments, one that was studio-based, and
included a planning outline with curriculum expectations, prior learning,
instructional sequence, materials, resources and time frame for
completion. The other assignment was thematic, and would include an
element of art history and the idea that art communicates purpose and
meaning. Included in this lesson plan would be art criticism/critical
thinking, cultural inquiry and historic connections as well as the plan itself.
Our teachers also asked up to prepare instructional resources to include
with the assignments, such as exemplars or models - something that we would
use in the classroom. I found it very helpful, because I prepared items I
could actually bring in to my class when I started teaching.