Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Workshop 8 Nurturing Independent Thinkers
Activities and Discussion (45 minutes) Homework
For this last session, choose which of the following two activity options you think would be most effective as a conclusion. Be sure to leave time for the wrap-up discussion that follows.
Activity Option A. Qualities of Effective Assessment (30 minutes)
Effective assessments provide experiences that help students move toward independent thinking. The chart below shows four approaches to assessment that were seen in this program. Choose one of the approaches and decide which criteria of effective assessment–shown in the left column–it meets. At the bottom, add any other criteria you think are important for assessments.
Think about an assessment approach using this blank worksheet. Which criteria does your assessment approach meet? How might you improve your assessment so that it better nurtures students' independent thinking?
Activity Option B. Assessing Students throughout the Artistic Process (30 minutes)
The National Association of Educational Progress Arts Education Assessment Framework specifies that meaningful arts assessments should be built around three arts processes: creating, performing, and responding.
Assessment priorities often differ among the arts. In this activity, you will be asked to draw on the expertise of your colleagues from other arts disciplines to gain new perspective on assessing your students.
Draw the grid below on a whiteboard or chart paper. Chart the assessment practices you typically use in your discipline during each stage of the artistic process.
As a group, discuss the similarities and differences among the four art forms in assessing student progress at each stage.
See how your group's notes compare to these general statements:
Looking at the chart, identify an area of assessment you would like to improve. Discuss with your colleagues how techniques from their practice might transfer to your arts discipline.
Wrap-up Discussion (15 minutes)
At the beginning of this workshop, you talked with your colleagues and wrote in your journal about how teaching is an art. Think about those ideas as you discuss these questions:
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