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.
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.