There are several forms that will be used in this course. The first is the Performance Rating Form. You will need to share this form with your partnership teacher early in your experience and watch for opportunities to discuss and implement these things during your internship. Notice that the 10 items listed here are identical to the 10 objectives listed on the syllabus. This is a form where you sit together, discuss together, and sign together. It is not a report of the specific lesson you taught, it is an evaluation of your overall inclusion of the arts in your planning and teaching. You will need to bring this completed, signed form with you to our session on April 6.
Evaluation: At the bottom of this form there is a description of how points will be distributed. The 25 points assigned to “evaluation based on established criteria” refers to the 10 areas of understanding that you will discuss and demonstrate with your partnership teacher. I find it difficult to think that you will not be proficient in all those areas if you are planning and implementing lessons incorporating the arts and bringing evidence of at least one of them to a jury of your peers. That assignment accounts for 50 points, or half your grade, as well it should because it is the evidence that you can put into practice the things that you have learned.
The other 25 points are for “active participation in studio and performance arts experiences” – basically, the things you will be doing in the workshops on campus and your personal cultural arts experience. Those points will be earned by attendance, which is critical, active participation in each of the workshops, completion of the assignments connected to some of these experiences on campus and the report on your personal cultural arts experience.
The Rating Scale will be used on April 6 as you share your lesson with your peers. You will need to print this off and bring it with. There is no need to fill anything out before you come.
The Lesson Plan form is what you will use for your assignment in this course. Your name, date, placement, and grade level are pretty self-explanatory. Let’s look at the other 4 parts.
Remember, it is not your intent to teach them all there is to know about the particular visual or performing art, but to allow them to use the arts to make connections to other disciplines or areas of the curriculum and support their learning. You provide them with the specific instruction or guidance necessary for them to be successful in what you’re asking them to do.
It would probably be overkill to try to incorporate cultural arts in every lesson – you don’t want your teaching or their learning to be contrived. However, watch for as many opportunities as you can to allow children to learn in these ways and express themselves creatively. ***Seek the advice and help of the specialty teachers in your school to make your lessons meaningful and developmentally appropriate.*** Choose one lesson (from the many that you teach) to write up in this format and bring back to a jury of your peers in April.