Digging Further into Questioning

March, 2016

Personal Learning Journals

As you prepare for our day, please consider the goal or focus you set for yourself at the close of our last session. Please share your thinking, efforts and reflections over the past few weeks:

  • What have you tried?
    I have tried the See Think Wonder activity with US Art History Students.
    I have added a question about Wonder to my First-Day Looking Forms, which I use in BOTH US and MS classes
    I NEED to incorporate this more in Art History class, to begin with their curiosity as a way to get them more invested.

  • What observations have you made of your students?
    This question is difficult to answer.
    I have, since last meeting gotten new MS classes, so I am gauging the dynamic, and establishing routines with these 4 groups.
    In Art History, this past week, I’ve realized that our routine is not working very well. The students need a change in format. We have been doing mostly lectures and this is getting tiresome to the both of us.
    I am prepared to discuss this issue directly with students. The thoughts I would share:

  • 1.) It’s important that you get a chance to connect with the artworks and particular artists. I am increasingly aware that remembering names, and recalling details or significant points is not happening consistently with the whole group.

2.) It would be great to have you all contributing to class sessions more. We can try more discussion-based formats. However, know that it is even more important to be prepared for those classes, to have read the material, or watched the video before class.

3.) I have a number of TYPES of activities I find helpful for discussion, but I am sure you all have good ideas (from your other classes) you could share. Please describe activities and assignments that help you stay engaged and that you find valuable.

  • What have you noticed, confirmed or questioned about your own practice?

I am inconsistent with my classes.

It has been most troubling to have 7 preps this year. (even if they are small classes). Having 7 preps is one reason it’s been especially hard to consistently improve my teaching.

As you reflect on your thinking and efforts since we began in the Fall:

  • What needs have you been able to identify (professional and student)
    I need more time for professional development.

To be continued.
  • Of these needs,

  • o How Might We...?
  • o
  • o which are within your locus of control?
  • o
  • o which will you need support obtaining?

My Learning Journey

Name: Janet Szeto
Campus: Birmingham Campus
Role: Middle School and Upper School Art and Art History Teacher

This I Believe (my 3 Claims):

  1. .I believe in lifelong learning, good teachers remember that "curiosity DOES come first." (Musallum's words)
  2. .I believe in 'embracing the mess of trial and error,' or "learning is ugly" (Musallam's words)
  3. .I believe study in the arts has something to offer EVERY individual and technology can play a part in enhancing this experience.

My Destination Postcard:

My Stretch Sketch:

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Exploring Elements of Practice

  • Documentation & Reflection

    • Activity and student work samples
      • iteration #1
      • iteration #2
      • iteration #3
    • Activity and student work samples
      • iteration #1
      • iteration #2
      • iteration #2
  • Questioning

    • Collecting questions generated by wonder statements is a very useful idea for both ms and us
    • articulating "what I think" is essentially what the FMP forms are for and I need to make a ms eval form that works the way the us forms do
    • remember to revisit the socratic stems for art history
  • Feedback

  • Self-Monitoring & Assessment

  • Reaching Out & Pulling In

Growth: How will I know?

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The most appropriate type of data for me to collect as evidence of my professional growth & learning...

  • anecdotal records
  • student work samples
  • student reflections
  • teacher reflections
  • observations
  • peer/colleague feedback
  • "assessment" data
    • rubrics
    • other formative pieces...
  • surveys
  • counts
  • other...



My learning network includes:



Love this website:
This teacher's blog seems to be in line with my own thinking and values:
There are significant big ideas here that I like to refer to:
This is an essential website for Art History

Teachers at Roeper:
Mary McGeehan
Tessa Stein
Michelle Stamler
Jarie Ruddy

http://tinyurl.com/JanetArtHistorySearch (for art history)

Our Diigo Group

  • @TheRoeperSchool
  • #RoeperR&D


external image Audacity-icon.pngThe reason for doing action research is to improve future action.
–Richard Sagor, Guiding School Improvement with Action Research, (ASCD professional development program)