Teachers can use this online learning opportunity to learn at their own pace, completing the cycles one by one.
Teachers may also use the completion of the activities as a starting point for professional dialogue with colleagues that could be both formal and informal in nature.
Note: When completing the various cycle activities, teachers may type directly onto the activity sheets and print out before closing the screen (program will not save your work) or print out the activity sheet at the start of the activity and record answers by hand.
Principals/Other Curriculum Leaders
Principals are included in the Roles and Responsibilities in Arts Education.
“To ensure learning, principals ensure that the Ontario curriculum is being properly implemented in all classrooms through the use of a variety of instructional approaches, and that appropriate time, facilities, and resources are made available for teachers to allow all students to participate in all four strands”(p. 8)
Principals and curriculum leaders may use this professional learning module in a number of ways such as focusing on various cycles to be addressed at: staff meetings, divisional meetings, professional learning communities etc.
Staff Meetings : Principals invite staff to complete a learning cycle prior to a staff meeting and then devote part of the staff meeting to consolidating the learning of that cycle. Suggestions: given that this is the first year of implementation, time should be devoted to at least 3 staff meetings such as October, January, April.
Divisional Meetings: assign cycles to be addressed at divisional meetings.
Professional Learning Communities : embed discussions about the Arts as a support for student success.
In School P.A. Days: Ensure that plans for the delivery of the Arts curriculum are reflected in Teacher Long Range Plans and in the School Improvement Plan. Encourage peer to peer collaboration such as: team teaching, modeling and coaching.
Release Time : Develop creative methods of releasing teachers to allow them to complete the cycles of this Professional Learning Module during class time.
Artists in the Classroom: Consult with your curriculum department on how to involve community artists in your school.
Local Arts Communities: Promote and support opportunities for students engage in Arts experiences outside of the classroom.