Small Group Instruction How to give small group instruction within the larger framework of the urban art classroom.
â€˘ How do I divide instruction to create a class within a class?
Plan Of Action
• Room Layout • Project Division • Small Group Set Up
â€˘ Research took place on teacher websites, interviews with educators, and books on the subject of Middle School art education.
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3.Student based learning and student based assessment.
4.Physical classroom organization.
Brainstorming and reflection can happen anywhere! ( In the car while waiting outside my daughterâ€™s gymnastics studio :)
How might I design my room to facilitate small group instruction within the larger class size? I created a prototype of the room set-up so I could work hands-on with the physical aspect of my idea.
Prototype of division of instruction:
I conducted an informal interview with my VicePrincipal Mr.Swinton. He gave me the â€œthumbs upâ€? on attempting smaller group instruction. He gave me some helpful tips and let me know he would offer any support necessary.
Assessing Success • Increased Student Engagement • Decreased Classroom Disturbances
• Increased Project Quality • Increased Learning • Improved Student/Teacher Relationship
Moving Forward • I will continue to integrate new learning techniques into my stations.
• I will initiate more student choice within the stations.
• I will collaborate with other teachers for cooperative learning between our classrooms.
• I will incorporate more technology into the learning.