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Reaching All Artists through Differentiation

Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation

Differentiation is no longer a teaching strategy for the ambitious in education. Rather, it’s an expectation for everyone, including the art educator. During this course, you will use tools to maximize learning for all students: gifted learners, English language learners (ELL), special education students, and struggling students while acknowledging their unique interests. Upon completion of this course, you will have a toolkit of applicable strategies that can be immediately implemented to effectively increase engagement in all learners by creating student experiences appropriate for each individual skill level.

For the official course description, see the Academic Catalog.

Required Materials

Differentiated Instruction in Art Education (2014): Fountain, ISBN-13: 978-1615281213. This Davis Publication text can be purchased in hard copy format or digitally via the Davis website.

Additional Materials

  • Computer with basic audio and video output equipment
  • Internet access (broadband recommended)
  • Basic computing skills (see AOEU’s Technology Requirements)
  • Access to AOEU’s online learning platform, Brightspace, to view course content, submit assignments, and engage in discussion (provided)
  • Word-processing platform (Microsoft Office, Pages, Google Docs)
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Graduate Credits
All courses will now close at 11 PM Central time on the 27th of each month. Graduate Credits 3 Graduate Credits
Price Graduate Credit $1047.00
Timeline
Mon 8 Sun
Oct 5 Weeks Nov 29
Upcoming Course Run Dates
Oct 5 Nov 29
 
May 3 Jun 27
Jun 7 Aug 1
Jul 5 Aug 29
Mar 1 Apr 25
Only 6 days remaining to enroll in the next section of this course.
AOEU Course Code
SPED518
Morningside Course Code
EDUC500 AOE018

Course Objectives

  • Create a plan to manage the logistics of a differentiated art room, no matter how many students you serve.
  • Refine your own hybrid art curriculum using the latest research and methods.
  • Develop strategies for motivating even the most reluctant students to get excited about art.
  • Revise your existing lessons to differentiate for all learners.
  • Conduct interest and strength inventories to use in the art room.
  • Identify best practices in differentiation strategies.

Course Breakdown

Week 1
Why Differentiate?
  1. Build foundational knowledge of differentiation concepts and practices.
  2. Discuss findings and takeaways you can implement into your practice.
Week 2
Getting Started
  1. Learn about the teacher’s role in the differentiated classroom.
  2. Design a student pre-assessment or interest inventory.
Week 3
Developing Differentiated Curriculum
  1. Explore teaching strategies and instructional tools that can be used in a differentiated art classroom.
  2. Create a curricular matrix or action plan you will implement during your teaching practice.
Week 4
Choice Boards, Learning Menus, and WebQuests
  1. Craft a student choice board, learning menu, or WebQuest.
  2. Discuss findings and share perspectives with your instructor and peers.
Week 5
Adapting Existing Lessons
  1. Review and analyze differentiated lessons for elementary and secondary students.
  2. Modify an existing lesson or create an instructional tool incorporating differentiated strategies.
Week 6
Formative Assessment Through a Differentiated Lens
  1. Discuss the role of formative assessment in the differentiated classroom.
  2. Create your own formative assessment strategy or classroom tool.
Week 7
Differentiating for Learners
  1. Review and discuss strategies that best support English language learners and students with disabilities in the art room.
  2. Discuss giftedness in the art classroom and which differentiation strategies can best support gifted learners.
Week 8
Reflection
  1. Reflect on your learning about differentiated instruction from the beginning to the end.

How to Assess When Differentiating


A sample assignment from Week 6 of the class Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation

1. Research


Formative assessments provide meaningful feedback to teachers and students, informing adjustments in instructional practice. Share takeaways from the provided resources about differentiated instruction as you cite specific examples from the readings.

2. Discussion


In what ways are you currently using formative assessments? If you are not using formative assessments, share two ways you plan on incorporating such practice.

3. Practical, Hands-On Application


Create formative assessment tools for your classroom, including a quick formative assessment and a written form. The two components can be designed to be used within the same unit or different units, your choice!
Erin V.
"This is the best post-graduate course I have taken. I enjoyed how many tools I will be able to take directly into the classroom this fall. Having post graduate courses just for art educators was an answer to my teaching prayers."
Beth W.
"I truly feel more inspired and excited about teaching than I have in a long time, and it's because of this course. This class answered all my questions, was extremely relevant to my needs, and I have so many more resources and strategies at my disposal. My students will benefit from what I've learned in this course."
Katherine C.
"This course has been wonderful! So directly practical, I have new skills and knowledge that I can apply immediately. The instructor made a point to message me at the end of each unit which I appreciated. The peer feedback and sharing was exceptional and extremely useful. An amazing course - the best and most relevant PD!"

What do past course participants think?

Hundreds of art teachers have taken the course Reaching All Artists Through Differentiation. Here’s what they actually think — without cherry-picking.
(12-month rolling average from all post-course survey respondents – Updated 2/27/2020)

100%

"THE COURSE CONTENT WAS RELEVANT AND UP-TO-DATE."

90%

"MY INSTRUCTOR PROVIDED VALUE-ADDED CONTRIBUTIONS TO ENHANCE DISCUSSIONS AND ENGAGE STUDENTS."

100%

"I ACHIEVED THE GOALS I SET AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS COURSE."

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