As teachers, we are all familiar with the multitude of professional development days that we must endure.
Traditionally, these days revolve around new strategies, new initiatives, and new expectations. However, rarely do they deal with the arts. More frequently, our professional development revolves around Common Core and subjects like informational text, stimuli, constructed responses, real world situations, and new assessments. But where do we, the arts, fit in? How do we translate this new information into valuable lessons in our arts classrooms? How can we support the Common Core?
I have spent this year conducting workshops and writing articles on composing performance tasks for the arts. It has been my mission to shed light on the expectations of Common Core assessments and help teachers support the initiative within the arts. So, this November I will be holding a master class on Common Core Assessments, specifically writing performance tasks for the arts.
We will begin with a review of the Gist of the Performance Task
And then a review of the expectations when Writing Performance Tasks
Finally, together we will write a performance task that is ready to use in your arts classroom immediately. Although the narrative with be the same, you will be able to tailor the assessment to your specific discipline and students.
Join me for a hands-on, interactive workshop experience and walk away with a Common Core styled performance task that is tailored for your class! Plus, you will gain the tools needed to successfully create future performance tasks, and assist fellow teachers at your site to create their own!
This will be a great master class!! You don’t want to miss it!
Stay tuned for dates, times, and registration information!! Hope to see you there!
Piquès & Pirouettès
Next Week: Strategies
Lesson Samples for Dance Arts Anchor Standard 1
Next week will be the first of 11 articles highlighting each of the anchor standards for Dance. Each article will provide lesson seeds, samples, and assessments for the new national core standards for the arts!
Typhani Harris is a dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). Recently, she has made a cross-country move and is now an instructional coach in Brooklyn, New York. Having begun as a high school English teacher, it has been her mission to bring theory and research into the traditional dance class, and in 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education. Typhani is currently on a mission to help teachers Stop Teaching and Start Reaching their students, check out the unTeacher Lab at stopteaching.org