Transitioning From Traditional to Choice Curriculum



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Introduction 1:05

Why Transition to Choice?

Benefits for Students 1:19

Benefits for Teachers 1:40

Organizing Center Offerings

Starting with What Students Already Know 1:52

Adding New Mediums 1:38

Introducing Centers 3:11

Gathering Materials and Supplies

Drawing Center Ideas 2:34

Painting Center Ideas 2:11

Sculpture Center Ideas 2:45

Printmaking Center Ideas 1:55

Inspiring Students to Create

Using Themes 1:56

Utilizing Anchor Charts 0:56

Using the Reflection Process

Self-Reflection Ideas 2:18

Student & Teacher Conferencing 0:50

Streamlining Clean Up Time

Managing Clean Up 1:52


Conclusion 0:31

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Transitioning From Traditional to Choice Curriculum

2 PD Hours

  • 1 Discover a variety of center types and what is most critical in each center.

  • 2 Understand how to introduce your centers and how to best add additional centers.

  • 3 Explore approaches to adding new mediums to your centers.

In this Learning Pack, discover how to successfully transition from a traditional classroom to a choice-based classroom. Learn about why choice is a great approach for innovation in artmaking. Discover how to organize your centers, what type of supplies are most needed, and how to inspire your students in this setting. Wrap up with ideas on student self-reflection and best practices for clean up time. Get prepared for a smooth and stress-free transition from traditional organization and methods to a more choice-based environment!

Connected Professional Art Educator Competencies
1.1 Aligns curriculum with national, state, or district standards 
1.2 Plans and prepares sequential lessons, units, and/or centers 
1.3 Develops appropriate learning targets/goals
1.4 Develops engaging activities, resources, lessons, and/or centers 
1.5 Demonstrates thorough background/content knowledge

Wynita Harmon

Wynita Harmon

Graduate Instructor and Elementary Art Teacher

Wynita Harmon is an elementary art teacher in Plano, TX.  She enjoys providing authentic learning experiences for her students that promote innovation and critical thinking skills. Wynita holds a master’s degree in human relations with an emphasis in organizational leadership from the University of Oklahoma.


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