I am proud to work in a district where we have thriving photography programs that includes darkroom photography. With today’s broad use and easy availability of digital photography, many secondary and post-secondary programs are allowing the darkroom to go the way of the dodo, but this is misguided in a time when schools are also putting significant resources toward developing STEM or STEAM labs.
I was recently asked if I had art pacing guides I could share. The short answer was ‘no’ but the person who asked was persistent enough that I really had to think about why this is. Pacing guides serve other disciplines very well. So, what’s different about art? What are the beliefs and attitudes behind the absence of this common instructional planning tool in my district? I want to share some of the reasons I believe we do not have pacing guides, and then sincerely ask you to push back. Maybe we are doing the wrong thing here.
This week I have a team of teachers scoring assessment results from the past school year using a highly refined rubric… WAIT! I know what you are thinking… “Send me this highly refined rubric!” …but my reference to our rubric is a little bit of my highly refined sarcasm.
Elementary school schedules are complicated! How simple it would be if there was a bell schedule or a standard amount of time for each discipline. Not so! Each summer elementary schools have to grapple with the challenges of building a master schedule, and it is never easy. There are a few guidelines, however, that you should keep in mind to avoid wasting a lot of time.
What does every teacher need more of? TIME! Time to teach, time to plan, time to do their incredibly difficult jobs to the quality their students deserve. This is just as true for elementary art teachers as it is for elementary classroom teachers. Continue reading Instructional Time for Art
The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” -Charles Kettering, American inventor
Today I sent an end-of-the-year message to the art teachers in my school system. Among other things, I wanted to address change we know is coming to our schools. I’d like to share some of these ideas with you…