Instruction and Assessment
- In the arts, pre-assessment is necessary in order to differentiate and accommodate each lesson to the students’ needs and levels of understanding.
- Assessment informs instruction; formative assessment can guide a lesson to what information needs to be addressed again or in a new way to ensure students’ success.
- In art classes assessment, specifically summative assessment, can be very informative for students to reflect on their work and see areas in which they need to improve, which helps them to become better artists.
- Lessons that have objectives that are aligned with standards can be assessed in an informative way making the student learning visible.
- Through teaching art, students are learning more than just how to use materials to create but also new ways to think and express themselves. Assessments can address the specific skills learned but also be used to inform what comes next.
- Both teacher-centered and student-centered assessments should be used to evaluate the learning that has occurred and help students to address areas of confusion. These assessments inform the instruction that needs to occur.
Examples of assessment: