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Re: [teacherartexchange] Team Learning


From: Andrea Cope (acope239_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 18 2008 - 20:52:24 PDT

I'll be teaching art and theater for the first time this fall - moving to high school after 10 years in elementary music. One of the things I'm most concerned about is my ability to set up a trusting atmosphere in each class so that we can do some cooperative work, much like you described. I know how to do that with little guys, but not teens, even though I'll be teaching many of my former students. I'd like to request a small sidebar. How do you create trust? What does your first day look like?

--- On Sat, 7/12/08, Patricia Knott <> wrote:

> From: Patricia Knott <>
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Team Learning
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Date: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 2:50 PM
> I think peer teaching and cooperative learning is essential
> in the
> studio classes. I think it can be useful in eliminating
> much of the
> problems and concerns we have with student attention.
> Giving more
> and more responsibility to the students for investigating ,
> and
> figuring -- and teaching each other, has eliminated a lot
> of stress
> for me.
> Some examples:
> I teach photo. The physical situation makes it impossible
> to do large
> group demos ( they just can't see. especially in the
> darkroom)
> Students are divided into groups. I demonstrate to
> representatives of
> the group and then they are responsible for partner
> learning. I
> switch partners so none is always the teacher. Of course,
> I always
> keep an eye to the peer teaching to correct and help.
> When introducing new refinements in photo, I distribute
> research
> work sheets that all have to complete in groups. They
> decide in
> their group who researches what. I ask that each determine
> what
> technique he/she will teach to the group. I make sure that
> they truly
> understand the process, and they they teach. Just an
> aside, I have
> never been able to do a solarization. I know the steps but
> it rarely
> works for me. By having the kids do the research and the
> practice --
> they have taught me new ways. Kids really take a special
> pride when
> they figure something out. I have found that kids are very
> happy to
> show what they know, especially when few others are getting
> it. I
> don't think I could teach photo anymore without peer
> teaching. And,
> kids like to be monitors and policemen. They are very adept
> at
> telling each other when they are not following proper
> procedures.
> Every period when I go into the darkroom and ask "who
> needs help?" I
> usually find few because they are helping each other. High
> school
> kids will ask each other before they ask me.
> In my fine art classes:
> I give all "choice" projects so my students are
> usually doing 20
> different things at a time. I have them keep daily
> logs/reflections.
> At least once a week on these objective logs they need to
> have a peer
> make a comment. I try to group similarities in student
> pursuits. I
> may show a few students a "new technique."
> They pass it on
> without me telling them to. I just make sure there are no
> safety
> concerns and then I encourage more exploration.
> I always have at least 2 "peer crits" while a
> project is in process,
> before the final crit. I find that kids put themselves
> into their
> own groups and rely on the buddy support. I try to mix
> that up
> often. My question is always -- see what somebody else
> thinks? and
> then weigh the alternatives or stick with what you think.
> Justify
> what you think! Sometimes it's hard to get kids to be
> willing to say
> things that are negative. That's when I have to direct
> the questions
> and remind them of the composition stuff. It's only
> with practice
> and repetition that they relinquish "nice" and
> "I like it" for
> constructive criticism.
> I'm not teaching computer classes now, but in the past
> it was al
> about peer teaching. Anyone who has computer classes know
> that there
> are kids who can do everything and kids who can hardly
> navigate. And
> you have to do is match them up. I would often ask a
> student to come
> to the presentation station and show something. I never got
> refused.
> My rubric varies according to just how much I expect. But
> at the
> minimum it has " Have you participated/ and or
> incorporated peer
> reviews."
> More and more I find that kids are willing to participate
> in group
> interactions with specific duties. They seem to love to do
> presentations, which scared the heck out of me when I was a
> kid . At
> least where I teach, we demand that students do more and
> more oral/
> visual presentations.
> Peer teaching depends on trust. If the art room does not
> have an
> atmosphere for learning, then you just open up discipline
> problems.
> I need to establish first ,that everybody has ideas and
> solutions
> and none may not be better than another. But, being open
> to ideas is
> foremost. I am constantly amazed at relationships that
> develop when
> learning is student centered. And, I'm constantly
> amazed when they
> knock me down, with justification, for not doing what I
> thought I had
> in mind.
> I think it is imperative that we teach kids how to learn
> and convey
> the learning as opposed to regurgitating and mimicking.
> So my question is-- Art has always been considered a
> solitary
> pursuit, It's individual. It's sometimes consuming.
> How do I
> compensate for the student that wants no part of the group
> -- because
> that would have been me.
> Patty
> On Jul 11, 2008, at 1:00 PM, Marvin Bartel wrote:
> > I am writing an essay about peer learning in studio
> art classes. Do
> > you do intentional things to encourage and guide peer
> coaching in
> > the studio art classroom? Do you have questions about
> how to
> > encourage peer teaching/learning in the art studio
> classroom? Do
> > you have a rubric that helps students understand
> successful team
> > participation. If so, please respond to the list or
> directly to me.
> >
> > Marvin
> >
> > Marvin Bartel, Ed.D., Professor of Art Emeritus
> > Adjunct in Art Education
> > Goshen College, 1700 South Main, Goshen IN 46526
> > studio phone: 574-533-0171
> >
> >
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