Evaluating Arts and Gym Class Teachers

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

kids, classroom, teaching, empathy (Woodley Wonderworks/flickr)

Laura Bornfreund, a senior policy analyst in the New America Foundation's Education Policy Program, takes your suggestions about how to evaluate arts and gym students for the purposes of evaluating teachers.


Laura Bornfreund

Comments [9]

brewster from Brooklyn

I don't see what the hubbub is all about. Most artists already know that there has been a standard test for artistic talent for decades.

Jun. 06 2013 09:55 AM

"the way to test creativity is to not test but interview" --- Creativity is a factor in the professional practice of art, but needn't be a factor in the scholastic practice of it. The math taught in high schools is nothing at all like the math done by mathematicians (where creativity is also key); you might as well reduce art to something just as boring as high school math.

Jun. 05 2013 01:11 PM

In NYC, Music classes have to have 50 students per class. In other classes they only have 34 students at the most. I quit teaching because it's impossible to teach that many students with perfect behavior by the students, and was persecuted by my Principal, who expected me to teach a band class without any musical instruments, and a guitar class without any guitars.
One of the kids stole some instruments, so the Principal closed the instrument room, so the school wouldn't look bad.
The only other music teacher at my school of over 3,000 students had his license taken away by the Principal.
Bloomberg has destroyed the school system by forcing these evaluative systems on teachers.

Jun. 05 2013 12:06 PM
Stephen from Manhattan

My brother taught art in an Ohio public high school for nearly 30 years — primarily drawing, watercolor, and pottery (working in clay). His instruction included some art history and various terms (crosshatching, sfumatto, modeling, slab vs coil, etc.). That instruction allowed incorporation of reading and writing. Sadly, he said many of those high school students had NO understanding of fractions, so most assignments were specified in full inches. As a result, teaching classic proportions of the human face and body was a challenge since even "half" was not always understood.

Jun. 05 2013 11:58 AM
jf from ny

the way to test creativity is to not test but interview, what thoughts and ideas kids have come up with in their own way in their own time throughout their life from observations not just on the spot.

Jun. 05 2013 11:53 AM
Jennifer from Flushing

gym teachers should have knowledge about the physiology of exercise just as trainers are to reach certain certification levels. Are for art teachers, I assume they have a degree in fine arts so should be tested based on their knowledge of different aspects of art.

Jun. 05 2013 11:51 AM

I don't understand this question. If you believe it's OK to evaluate a math teacher by testing his students' math skills, why wouldn't you evaluate an art teacher by testing his students' artistic skills? Or a gym teacher by measuring change in his students' healths?

Jun. 05 2013 11:50 AM
Jack from Brooklyn

As an art teacher for many years I can tell you that there is indeed an 'art curriculum' and State standards that that curriculum is intended to serve. Topics such as composition, color theory, and so are addressed.

Jun. 05 2013 11:49 AM
Brenda from New York City

The good news about this expanded testing is twofold; it forces us to think beyond the bubble answer sheet & makes us question our intentions in regards to arts & gym. Examining why we do what we do is always good.

Jun. 05 2013 11:04 AM

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