Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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The Art of  
A Workshop for High School Teachers
the Arts

In This Program


Vocal music students singing into tape recorders


A dance student performs for her class


Theatre department faculty meet with a student

Visual Art

Visual art teacher makes a point about a student's painting


Arts teachers find many different ways to help their students develop as artists – and as people.  By using a variety of assessment strategies, teachers can help their students become mature, independent thinkers. Teachers can also find ways to refine their own teaching, based on a clear understanding of their students’ progress and problems.

To nurture independent thinkers, assessments:

  • Focus on thinking and judgement, not just on performance skills
  • Help students look at the work of others in useful ways
  • Give students opportunities and tools to assess themselves
  • Give teachers insights to help them adjust their teaching


Learning Goals

The goals of this workshop session are for you to:
  • Identify qualities of effective assessment in the arts
  • Compare and contrast assessment practices across the disciplines of music, dance, theatre, and visual art
  • Explore how assessment is used in the three stages of the artistic process – creating, performing, and responding



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