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Re: [teacherartexchange] look fors


From: judy di salvo stenger (cecidee_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Nov 19 2011 - 17:02:44 PST

Thanks, San D. I like their "declaration of intent." I have
students write what they learned, what they accomplished, and what
they plan to do the next session. I guess I am frustrated by the
format of the look fors this year because, after 37 years of teaching
and learning, I forget that administrators and supervisors (not art
supervisors) don't understand the art curriculum, framework, or
objectives and how very different and special the arts are. We have a
new administration, we are scrambling to make AYP, and I am working
hard to give some balance to my students. I use the Artful thinking
program, have kids discuss at tables, and then share with large group,
so we do have discourse. They write self evaluations and artists'
statements. But if people decide to walk through during studio time,
they are going to see students working, and me floating from table to
table to answer their questions.

On Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 7:45 PM, San D Hasselman <> wrote:
> Hi Judy
> My students learned to write "thesis statements" about their intent for their work, and stand up and declare them (of course the beginning students only wrote 1 or 2 sentences, and by the time they were seniors in high school they wrote paragraphs). What that means is this: If you are teaching the color wheel, and you let students decide on their own what form the color wheel will have, your students have to tell the class what form they have decided on and why, and then during the critique process, the class refers back to what the student said at the beginning of the project. So, if a kid says "I will make my color wheel in the shape of a sunflower, with the petals in the order of a colorwheel, with the center seeds representing the equal amounts of opposites on the color wheel" That is a basic thesis statement that I would accept from a beginning student. Then when we critique it, we can ask questions like "does it have all of the primary, secondary, and teriary colors?", "does it look like a sunflower?", "are the seeds the appropriate color"? In this way students are taught that there is planning in making art, and one does not "wing it". AND, in the case of YOU being observed, you need to know in order to defend the arts in an academic way, YOU have to make sure that your students are not just making art to express themselves, because quite frankly they can do that at home without you, but that the art they are making is based on a framework that you are teaching them.
> If you need any more information, contact me.
> San D
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