Hello fellow art teachers,
I am working on my masters thesis in art education at Queens College
and am researching effective teaching strategies and best practices of
middle school art teachers that teach classes that meet infrequently.
Teaching any class that meets only once or twice a week is tough, but
teaching a class that meets only once or twice a week with the added
challenge of middle school students is nearly impossible! Nonetheless,
we do it every day. I want to know more about how you manage behavior,
plan lessons that sustain the time in between classes, organize
materials and artwork for teaching numerous students daily, and assess
students as they prepare for high school.
Have you come up with an efficient way to grade 200-500 students each
marking period? Have you mastered handing out, collecting, and grading
homework each week? Have you created a bell ringer/do now system that
speeds up student transitioning time? Can you juggle teaching 25
periods and creating the set for the school play, photographing the
yearbook, and organizing art exhibits while still making it home in
time to watch American Idol?! Are you interested in sharing these
teaching strategies and best practices with others?
If you are willing to let me observe you for one school day and to
talk with me about your innovations, please email me back to schedule
a time in March or early April.
Please share this message with other great middle school art teachers.
I appreciate your time and support with this project.