SchoolArts Magazine

September 2018

SchoolArts is a national art education magazine committed to promoting excellence, advocacy, and professional support for educators in the visual arts since 1901.

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36 SEPTEMBER 2018 SchoolArts A L L L E V E L S A ll students have a unique set of skills and perspectives that reach beyond academic conformity and standardized learning outcomes. As art teachers, we play a major role in guiding stu- dents through creative processes that they can embrace and use throughout their lives. However, without mutual respect in the classroom, our efforts are useless. The following tips and art activity were designed to elevate mutual respect, humility, and humor in the classroom. Keep It Authentic Reading and hearing your name used in a positive way nurtures positive self-esteem and opens minds to new concepts. Likewise, providing written and verbal comments that reflect stu - dents' authentic achievements main- tains creative confidence. Example: "Jade, it's easy to see you fully under - stand the concept of using contour line to achieve realism. Nice work!" Keep It Student-Centered Avoid using the word "I" and "me" in verbal and written communica - tion. This places students in a power position where they are better able to trust their own judgment and respect their unique perspectives on a range of concepts. Saving Face If a student "misses the point," offer varied examples rather than point- ing out perceived errors. Example: "Hannah, check out these images to give you additional ideas for focal point placement." Likewise, always end art reviews and comments with a positive statement to promote future risk-taking. Example: "Hannah, what Elisa Wiedeman FOSTERING RESPECT As art teachers, we pla a major role in guiding students through creative processes that the can embrace and use throughout their lives. I always laugh when I watch my little sister eat spaghetti. She usually begins by eating all of the meatballs. She sucks the last few noodles into her mouth one at a time. There's always spaghetti sauce left on her shirt. —Maria

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