We, as art teachers, spend a whole lot of time evaluating the performance of our students, helping them to evaluate their own performance, and having our performance evaluated by our supervisors. It is no wonder that we often forget to stop and reflect, as experts in our field, on our own work as art educators. As mostly singletons, we don’t always have colleagues to measure ourselves against or observe. Many districts are working towards improving this situation, but until then it is time to get reacquainted with the standards of good art teaching…
Standard I: Visual arts educators have a thorough understanding of the visual arts
Standard II: Visual arts educators understand student characteristics, abilities, and learning styles
Standard III: Visual arts educators understand diverse social and cultural constructions of identity
Standard IV: Visual arts educators make informed selections of art content and curricula
Standard V: Visual arts educators use knowledge of students as learners to plan appropriate instruction
Standard VI: Visual arts educators use contemporary technology to enhance teaching and learning
Standard VII: Visual arts educators conduct meaningful and appropriate assessments of student learning
Standard VIII: Visual arts educators systematically reflect on their own teaching practice
Standard IX: Visual arts educators assess program effectiveness
Standard X: Visual arts educators collaborate with other educators
Standard XI: Visual arts educators serve their schools and communities
Standard XII: Visual arts educators continue their professional development throughout their careers
Standard XIII: Visual arts educators contribute to the growth of their profession
Full text of these standards can be found here.
Overwhelmed? Choose one or two areas to focus on for the rest of the school year. Share them with your evaluator and help them understand what good art teaching looks like. Use them as a framework for planning PLC time. Whatever you do, don’t stop reflecting!
Which of these standards do you feel you have down pat?
Which standard do you feel you need the most improvement in?