Teachers demonstrate mastery of and pedagogical expertise in the content they teach.

Center for Education Preparedness
Teacher Candidate Quality Standards

Overall, my assessment of myself in terms of Standard 1 is currently developing. Although I have grown several ways related to the mastery of and pedagogical expertise in content, I know there is so much more I can learn. A goal of mine is to delve deeper into research and publications around art education to enhance the quality of my instruction and lesson planning. 

For Teacher Candidate Quality Standard 1 I have included 4 Lesson Plans and 2 Unit plans as artifacts that demonstrate my development with this standard. Standard 1 focuses on a teachers content knowledge. According to Element A of this Standard, teachers must provide students with instruction that is aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and the district’s plan of instruction. When viewing the lesson plans provided below one can see that all of my lessons include four objectives (found in the objectives section of the lesson plan) that are aligned not only to the Colorado Academic Standards for Visual Arts (my content area), but are also aligned to Bloom’s Taxonomy of Thinking, specific Art Learning process and include an attention to Literacy, Numeracy and Technology. Emphasizing literacy and numeracy (a mathematics practice) fulfills part of Element B. Element B also requires teachers to connect their instruction to a variety of content areas/disciplines. My artifacts demonstrate my growth in this Element as not all of my lessons show a connection to another content area. This is a opportunity for me to grow. The final element of this standard – Element C – focuses on a teachers ability to demonstrate content knowledge, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of their teaching discipline. The artifacts included for this standard show an array of content knowledge that spread across art making mediums and techniques, include a variety of overarching topics/concepts, and provide several different strategies and methods of instruction.


ARTIFACTS

ARTIFACT 1 & 2:
Lesson Plans for Thompson Valley HS Teaching

Rational: The lesson plans I created for Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, CO are a great example of my proficiency and growth with respect to Standard 1. Mastery of and pedagogical expertise of content is demonstrated in all sections of my lesson plan. These lessons have been designed with Colorado’s High School Visual Arts standards in mind.


ARTIFACT 3 & 4:
Unit Plan and Lesson Plan for Polaris 2/3rd Grade Teaching

Rational: The lesson plan and unit plan I created for Polaris Expeditionary School in Fort Collins, CO provide another example of my proficiency and growth with respect to Standard 1. Mastery of and pedagogical expertise of content. This is demonstrated in all sections of my lesson plan and unit plan. These lessons have been designed with Colorado’s 2nd and 3rd grade Visual Arts standards in mind – Polaris is an expeditionary school with unique classroom settings where elementary grade students share a classroom with students of another grade.


ARTIFACT 5 & 6:
Unit Plan and Lesson Plan for Peer Teaching

Rational: The lesson plan and unit plan I created for a peer teaching experience in my ART 326 course provide another example of my mastery of and pedagogical expertise of content. This is demonstrated in all sections of my lesson and unit plan. This lesson was taught to peers in my college course, however, it was designed with Colorado’s High School Visual Arts standards in mind.