Changing to Consolidate

Based on my feedback, my weaker areas are Clarify & Consolidate. I will switch my main focus to Consolidate to focus more on making sure that I have given students the opportunity to review, and also work on this together with my curriculum team.

Later, as we do the survey again and during our lesson reviews, I will use the focus on Confer to check in on how I am doing in this particular areas. I think as I am checking on Consolidate, Clarify will naturally rise as well.

I’m enjoying having a targeted area to focus on, and feel like I have some good ideas to move forward with this after our specialist consultant came through with us. My 3 main strategies to focus on now are:

  • exit tickets
  • critical observation protocol
  • giving a simple & clear objective on the directions page I leave up for students as they work.

My minor focus strategies are:

  • check in with students as they work about if they understand what they are doing or need more explanation
  • check in with students after class/during lineup to see fi they have requests/suggestions for improvement/change
  • reflect with curriculum team about how lesson could be improved in the future


One of my goals for art class is to have students truly making art of their own choice – not simply completing assignments that the teacher gives. This is one of the biggest weaknesses of modern primary art training imho, and one of the most important things that an artist needs to know how to do. I also think it is one of the most transferrable goals outside of art class, into other subjects!

The crux of this goal is how, at the same time, to teach and measure specific standards.

As I am checking with the other teachers to make sure I am on the right track with class content, I am going to try to have students give me feedback to help measure their learning, take stock of their opinions, and to see if the lessons I am teaching are really achieving their goals.


We have students reflect on their assignments with Seesaw and Pic Collage. During those times, I am going to also have students fill out a small survey to help me have a better sense of their ideas: were they able to choose their own direction in art-making to their satisfaction, did they understand the goal of the units, were the presentations easy to understand, etc.

My next step is figuring out what I want to ask on this survey, and then adapting it to the various grade levels I teach.


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