“Teaching is like learning an art. It requires depth of experience for self-reflective understanding and continued development. It requires related experiences and deep personal involvement. Most important, learning to be a teacher, like learning an art, requires a series of tangible products in which we can review and see, over time, the pattern of our development and the form of our individuality.” -Burkhart and Neil in Identity and Teacher Learning
The student teaching semester is the capstone experience for students in the art education program at Colorado State University. Students work with mentor teachers and a university coach during two eight-week placements; one setting at the elementary level and the other at the secondary level. During student teaching art students in the process of becoming teachers continue to search to find insight into the basic philosophical understanding of what may be termed an educational experience: who they are, what they do, and how they define themselves in the context of the teaching situation.
Below are selected portfolios from the last three semesters created by students teachers in the program. Additional portfolios can be viewed here.
SELECTED PORTFOLIO EXAMPLES
Student teachers reflect on their teaching during a presentation and exhibition of their students’ work. More then simply displaying artwork, student teachers present a process exhibition. In this type of exhibition, student teachers attempt to capture and present the ideation, problem-solving, planning, and insights of the artmaking process encountered by their K-12 students.
Student Teaching Showcase Fall 2018 – Coming Soon!
In the videos below, student-teachers provide an overview of an elementary and middle art experience.
In the videos below, student-teachers talk about assessment and “negotiating” with students to honor choice in the art classroom.