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Re: SMART Goals


Date: Sun Oct 03 2004 - 09:04:35 PDT

In a message dated 10/3/04 10:10:33 AM, writes:

<< Is there some way we studio teachers can brainstorm our own proactive
of this: >>

This is the real crux of the problem! Art teachers do all of these things on
a daily basis. It is has just been past practice that we were never
accountable for documenting it! I think this is where the real problem lies. Because
we have not developed strategies for documenting the artistic processes we
lead our students through, we are playing catch-up to those
teachers/administrators who are used to documenting on a daily basis.

Documenting what we do doesn't have to take the fun out of teaching. In
fact, that data will help support your program and give you the same kind of data
other disciplines have when you need to "defend" your program. It will also
help you become a more reflective practioner (another one of those new fangled
words for someone who changes the lesson/instruction to meet the needs of the

I agree it doesn't seem fair that we have to document 450 students (some of
us many more) as opposed to 25 students we see every day. But I do urge you to
look at some of these strategies (of course some of them are bunk!) as a way
to validate what you know to be true with regard to the quality art education
you provide your students.

Good Luck!