Reflective Practices in the Art Room


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Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I know how beneficial the use of self reflection practices are?
  2. Do I know what self reflection looks like in a classroom setting?
  3. Do I know how to effectively teach self reflective practices to my students

If you answered no to any of these questions, this mini course may be beneficial to you.

Course Overview

This course aims to educate on the importance of self reflective practices in the art room especially, but also in all content areas. Throughout the course the learner will learn about the benefits of incorporating this into curriculum, be exposed to many different modes in which it can be administered, and create a self assessment activities that corresponds with their content area.

Needs Assessment


It is widely acknowledged that self assessment and reflection are staples to creating life long learners, but many teachers do not make the time in their curriculum to teach reflective and partake in practices with their students. As an art teacher, I have observed how important it is for students to take a step away from their work to reflect on their progress often throughout the creation process, and I feel it is equally important to take this time to assess ones progress in every content area.

The process of self assessment and reflection does not come naturally to all students, and proper education on how to encourage this kind of thought is very much needed in the educational community today.

What is to be Learned

Learners will be educated on what self assessment and reflection looks like in the art room, be able to recognize how reflective practices can be used across content areas and learn how to create a classroom environment focused on continuous reflection and growth mindset. Learners will get a chance to look at a variety of reflection activities that they can use in their classrooms and create a reflective assignment for use in their particular content area.

The Learners

Participants in this mini course will be primarily teachers of the arts, but I believe teachers of any content K-12 can benefit from the information in this mini course.

Instructional Context

Instruction for this mini course will require internet and the ability to watch videos, open google documents and create documents. The information will be given primarily in the form of readings, lectures and videos in an attempt to appeal to several different learning styles.

Exploring the Problem and Solution

Students will explore what it means to teach reflective practices and learn how to implement these skills within the classroom environment.


The main goal of this mini course is to participants to better understand the importance of self assessment and reflection and how to use it as a tool to create deeper learning experiences for students.

Performance Objectives

This course aims to teach students the importance of utilizing self reflection and assessment as tools for instruction in the art classroom, but also extending to other content areas. After completing this mini-course students will have developed a nu,ber of ways that they can have their students self assess throughout the length of a class.

  • Learners will demonstrate an understanding of self assessment and reflection
  • Learners will define examples of self assessment and reflection
  • Learners will understand the benefits of teaching self assessment across content areas
  • Learners will generate a self assessment activity to use within their own classroom

Course Units

Unit One: What is Self Reflection

  • Participants will define self reflection and assessment
  • Participants will understand what self reflection looks like and when it should be used

Unit Two: The Benefits of Self Reflection in the Art Room

  • Participants will study the benefits of incorporating self reflection into their curriculum
  • Participants will understand how the use of assessment can create lifelong learners and growth mindset

Unit Three: Types of Self Reflection and How it can be Utilized

  • Participants will examine a variety of self assessment tools
  • Participants will reflect on learning and make their own assessment tool to be used in their content area.