Standard 8: Instructional strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of appropriate instructional strategies and tools to promote learning and inquiry based on knowledge of the learner, subject matter, community, intended student standards and curriculum.
- Uses a repertoire of instructional strategies that are based on research and best practices
- Explains the rationale for the selection of instructional strategies and tools based on student goals, needs and talents
- Reflects systematically and continually on instructional strategies and makes adjustments accordingly
- Empowers students to think for themselves and construct knowledge
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I showed a poweroint about what three-point perspective is, how it works and it's history in the art world. I verbally spoke the instructions as I demonstrated each technique slowly. I also individually met with students to assess progress and trouble shoot ideas.
For this lesson, I introduced traditional Japanese fan dancing. I showed a video of a traditional fan dance to the whole class. I developed a unique instructional/assessment strategy for grades K-6 while interning at Jameson Elementary School. After clean up time, during the last few minutes of class, I noticed that my students would go around the room taking “surveys” with this-or-that questions such as “Cats or Dots” or “Red or Blue”. I was amazed at the way the students all clamored enthusiastically to partake in a survey for a friend or to write their own survey. I decided to use this to my advantage. I created my own surveys that highlighted key points from my lessons. I posted the answer key for my surveys on the board and covered it with a piece of paper. I instructed my students to do the surveys and then check their answers afterword. They absolutely loved it. My surveys help students remember key points of my lessons and they have fun while doing it. Any chance I can get to make learning fun I will take. An additional benefit of this technique is that students learn to work with each other. I used this strategy for my Japanese Fan lesson.
For any given lesson, if I am struggling to find the right strategies to use, I will refer back to these ten ideas. They help me to see the that art has an impact on my students' lives in many different ways. More often then not, if I have writer's block while developing a lesson, I will read the ten lessons and be inspired with a new idea for instruction.