Spring if finally in Wisconsin I think and we have been working hard to brighten up the hallways.
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So what is your SLO? As educators I feel like we have always been effective educators but now there is a way to prove it. My SLO is 80% of students will demonstrate proficiency in the application of the elements of art on the common assessment by the end of the school year. Baseline 2 students were advanced, 2 students were proficient, 5 students were basic, and 8 students were minimal. So as the middle of the year assessment had to also be completed. My fourth graders whom are the ones I collect the data from were not excited to see that quiz again. They were disappointed with their knowledge and application in the beginning of the year. I actually have them keep their quizzes and assessments in the Mrs. Dahl pocket of their sketchbook folders. Most of them, I have noticed, turned them backwards. So as an educator do I want to give them this quiz again? NO!
Part of the SLO process requires me to make sure that I assess the beginning of the year, middle of the year and the end of the year. So even though I didn’t want to break their hearts I gave the assessment again. The results were amazing! The kids and I both did the happy dance. 80% of students will demonstrate proficiency in the application of the elements of art on the common assessment by the end of the school year 7 students were advanced, 8 students were proficient, 4 students were basic, 0 students were minimal. I am so proud of the response that this quiz has given to my students. They as a group scored 67 points higher than the last time they took the test. We are all proud of the results that were given from the data. No students fell into the category of minimal anymore whereas the last time we took the quiz there were 8 in minimal. Five students moved to basic but I feel with more instruction that they will all reach the goal of proficient by the end of the school year. The kids will need to put these in there sketchbook folders this week and I bet they will be facing forward.
To make the goals for the final assessment for the year we will continue working on the elements of art. The struggle comes in when we only have a limited amount of art, once every six days for 45 minutes. With all of the other things that a fourth grader needs to remember sometimes art is not on the list. As an educator I need to include the other common core subjects within my art lesson yet art is not included with everyday lessons. We will keep working on our goals but we are pretty sure we will crush the data. I still found that students were struggling with shapes and the difference between organic and geometric shapes. I plan on working on those elements of art through the remainder of the school year as well as continuing to reinforce the learning goals that we have already set in our classroom. I feel that we will be able to make gains and we have already making huge progress going from 76% not being at proficient to just 21% not being at proficient.
As resources I have created a Pinterest page https://www.pinterest.com/jensweeney/slo/ and I also have one about assessment that I use as my go to resources https://www.pinterest.com/jensweeney/worksheets-and-rubrics/.
I am an elementary art teacher in a small town in Wisconsin. I am currently the President of the Wisconsin Art Education Association, creator of funky junk, a wife, a gardener, a DIY diva and a mom of two furry kids.