1. Techniques/activities that spark creativity: I think structure and
freedom is an important aspect of every lesson. Begin with a good anticipatory
set to hook them in and get them excited. Involve them with brainstorming as
a group. Give clear directions for the assignment, show them examples of
exemplary work by other students, and give them freedom to be creative.
2. Techniques/practices to help increase student thinking skills: I
encourage them to sketch possible ideas, brainstorm in a group and individually,
talk about their work with me or other students, write written reflections
about their own work, critique discussions help them articulate and increases art
vocabulary. Sometimes I present an assignment at the end of a class and
allow them time to think about their work for the next class. I created and
display a poster that asks high level thinking questions and I have a piece of art
next to it. I change the artwork monthly.
3. Teaching techniques to reach a variety of learners; I write the
objective for the day on the board, say it orally at the beginning of each class,
demonstrate techniques, use a variety of resources, vary types of assignments,
include reading/writing in my curriculum, give students extra time to complete
work (before/after school), check for understanding by asking if anyone has
questions, circulate throughout the room to answer questions and guide.
Students are encouraged to discuss work and help each other.
4. The physical organization of my room addresses a variety of learning
styles because I have a learning center with displays, artifacts, books, etc. I
have reading materials on several bookcases that are accessible to students.
I have hands-on materials available to students. Students have access to suppli
es. They are rotating captains and are responsible for helping with
supplies and cleanup. I have two computers which students use in a limited way now,
but I have plans to increase their access next year. Tables are in a big U with
a big rug in the middle. Lower elementary students sit on the rug when I
read to them, or show them something.
5. Is your classroom more student-centered or teacher-centered? It
depends on what we are doing.
6. Rating the national visual arts standards:
1. Understand and apply visual arts media, techniques, and processes.
2. Use knowledge of visual arts structures and functions. 2
3. Choose and evaluate a range of subject matter, symbols, and ideas.
4. Understand the visual arts in relation to history and culture. 4
5. Reflect upon and assess the characteristics and merit of their
work, and the work of others. 3
6. make connections between visual arts and other disciplines 6