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I'm curious about what kinds of curriculum workshops any of you may have
recently attended, bibliographies, sources, videos, etc. etc that you found
helpful in dealing with curriculum.
In working with teachers, I have found the best strategy to use is
modeling. If a lesson is modeled with the teacher in the role of the
student, the teachers then feels comfortable enough to teach the lesson
him/herself. We present a lot of our inservice to elementary school
teachers in this manner, and they are reporting success when they take the
lessons back to the classroom.
If you would like to show some good videos, check out the Getty Education
Institute for the Arts "Art Education in Action" series. Each one of the
tapes features two "lessons" of modeling - in this case, the teacher is
interacting with a class. The lessons on each tape are related and show a
variety of grade levels. For example, one tape is focused on Art History
and Art Criticism and features a high school lesson and a primary school
lesson. With a discussion session built-in to the viewing as well as
specific questions as a focus for the discussion, these tapes could be very
beneficial. The phone number for customer service used to be
1-800-223-3431 before the Getty Education Institute moved - if I am
incorrect with this number, I am counting on someone catching it and
providing you with the current one.
Hope there are some ideas for you in the above.
California Consortium for Visual Arts Education