like this and that leaves many teachers with questions about curriculum, assessments, and best practices in instruction. My hope is that if you have found your way here that you will be able to use what I share as a resource, using it as you think about your own students and try it out in your classroom. I believe the best lessons are the ones that we are able to put a personal stamp on, thinking about how we might personally interpret it and in turn share with our students. I am reminded of the Art of Ed podcast host, Tim Bogatz, and how he tells his students to "make it their own." The same goes for lesson plans or unit ideas you hear from other teachers. Delivering a lesson straight off a page without first internalizing your own thoughts about it is a recipe for disaster. Sometimes all it takes is a small tweak to infuse an idea with our own voice, and sometimes the circumstances and situations in your classroom require major changes to really make it fit.
My desire with the units and lessons I share is to provide just one example of how the National Core Arts Standards can be taught, looking at the big picture of an entire year (and eventually an entire K-12 span). I know there are many, many, many different ways that incredible art teachers all over the country are using the NCAS to engage their students with the artistic process and artistic literacy, and I would love to hear how others are doing it. What big ideas do you use? How do you connect artists and art history? How kind of juicy questions are your students tackling? How do you engage them in creative and critical thinking?
Leave me a comment sharing your ideas and what you are doing. Or if you try some of the lessons or units how did you make it your own? I can't wait to start a conversation about it.
Welcome to this website and my blog! This project is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. An introvert by nature, letting people inside my thoughts can sometimes be uncomfortable and make me quite nervous. Other times my opinions spill over quite readily and I am usually always willing to share what I know if it will help someone else out. Especially if it helps kids and students come to love and learn about art and the world.
My intention with this website is to provide art teachers and administrators with a resource that can help them when creating curriculum and assessments as well as resources to help with instruction. While I know there is a lot I don't know, and that I am limited by my own experiences, I also know that I have encountered many people who have questions that I can help answer. While there isn't always one right way to do things, there are some practices and methods that have proven to be successful for myself and others that I want to explore and share. There are so many moving parts in our world of teaching art. While the website isn't completely finished, and may be continually evolving, I hope you will come back to check it out often and find it useful as you practice your craft.
They cover some fantastic topics and have great guests that talk about all sorts of relevant issues we face in the art room. I typically like to listen to this one as I drive to or from our state art ed conferences. It gets me in the right frame of mind to get my art ed learning on! But, I've also recently started to listen as I get ready in the morning. It starts my brain buzzing and jump starts my own questions and thinking.
I hope that like the way this podcast series gets me thinking and reflecting, that this website can also do the same for you. I'd love to hear from anyone that is using this website, or reading this blog, and start talking about what we are seeing in our art rooms. Everyday is an adventure and I am really looking forward to this one!
I'm Michelle. I am very excited to try my hand at blogging and sharing my thoughts and reflections in the field of art education.
Original NAEA Blog Posts
NAEA Blog Posts
I started blogging at the invitation of the National Art Education Association for their Monthly Mentor column. See those original blog posts here.