What changes have you noticed in art education during your career? Do you feel you have made changes to your approaches to teaching? If so, what changes have you made?
The overarching theme for this year's NAEA Convention was Change, which seems like a very appropriate theme for the times in which we are all living currently. I shared during a Middle Level Medley my own thoughts on how my approaches have changed over the last few years since I have relocated from Texas to Virginia. My change has been in response to the diverse community in which I teach and striving to develop lessons that are multicultural, cross-curricular and promote literacy through reading, writing and speaking in art. Here is my presentation from the Middle Level Medley where I talk about the reasons for CHANGE: Prezi Being open to change in the way we approach our teaching, our classroom and management is a constant desire for growth, self reflection and improvement. To think about how you might approach CHANGE in your own professional career I think it is important to think about the following six elements:
Know the COMMUNITY you teach.
HOW you will set up the learning environment?
Making ART a focus in your planning.
Understand the NEEDS of your students. (literacy, cultural, developmental, etc)
What are your GOALS for your curriculum and student growth?
How will you ENGAGE students to become invested and take ownership of their learning?