What Success Looks Like
How can you tell when your students are successful? Is it aesthetics? Displayability? Winning the art show? These might be the signs that are easily spotted but they are also a shallow measure.
Success in my room this week looked like:
- A kid who has missed weeks of school making it to class for three days in row.
- Students clapping for the artist when I wore the shirt she screen printed.
- Art 1 kids begging to bring their paintings home to show their parents.
- An autistic student who was able to participate fully in a group critique.
- The student who's been struggling with participation who engaged and made an awesome meme.
Success in art is anything but generic. It's not dependent on what adults like or even value. It's different for every student.
Success is malleable - definitions of success change as students develop and grow. It's personal and deeply connected to what learners are passionate about.
It's our job to provide content that gives students an opportunity to connect, to stretch and to grow and to do this we have to differentiate for their individual needs.
In other words, provide choice, differentiate and celebrate whenever you can. It's easy to get locked onto the value of the final product, for us as well as students, but the journey is just as important.
3/4/2016 11:50:10 pm
Thank you for this post! With the current push for data collection; direct instruction; having to prove (on paper) that I cater for individual student needs to ensure that every child looks the same on the end-of-term data capture; and the multitude of signage I am expected to have on my classroom walls to prove that I am teaching effectively; I have felt like I am a classroom dinosaur! Your post reminded me exactly why I love what I do!
3/31/2016 12:09:49 am
Thanks for sharing it this blog , its really helpful of everyone. Sucess is a wonderful art, if you create animated way of success story, Its is wonderful experience when you will see that picture in future
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I'm interested in creating a student student centered space for my high school students through choice and abundant opportunity for self expression. I'm also a writer for SchoolArts co-author of The Open Art Room.