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Syllabus

City College of New York
EDSE444.00/ART155: Methods of Teaching Art
Wednesdays 6:15-9PM Room 209 
Alexandra Tyson, Instructor  atyson.arted@gmail.com       (410) 971-6192     
Office Hours: Wednesdays 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM [email/call/text ahead for logistics] 
Course Description
As stated in the mission of the Art Education Program at City College of New York, this course was designed to “prepare students to be reflective artist-educators who can teach in multiple settings, including schools, community centers, museums, and alternative learning sites. In addition, students gain a critical understanding of the social significance of art education as they develop the skills to actively contribute to the field through their creative and academic work”.  
Learning Outcomes
§ Develop reflective practitioner qualities (responsiveness, improvisation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills)
§ Understand the cultural, political, and social context/purposes of art education in our society
§ Analyze contemporary and historical trends in art education as they relate to educational theory
§ Reflect on the role of power, privilege, and identity as they pertain to the responsibilities of educators
§ Create scaffolded, idea-centered, developmentally-appropriate, inquiry-based, national and state standards-based, and social justice-oriented curricula for teaching art in multiple settings (schools, museums, community-based and alternative sites)
§ Develop effective planning and assessment tools for teaching and evaluating learning in the arts
§ Integrate one’s own art-making with teaching practice 
Class Policies
§ Respect others and our space by exhibiting behaviors that create a safe, inviting, and clean environment
§ Be open to new ideas, ways of thinking, and the experiences of others
§ Please turn off all electronics (phones, MP3 players, laptops, and etc.) before class
§ Please do your best to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the class
§ If you require any Student Disability Services, please inform the instructor so your needs are accommodated 
Absences
You are allowed up to two absences before your grade is affected.  If you know you will be absent, email, call or text the instructor.  In cases of inclement weather, always email, call, or text the instructor for closing information. 
Grading
All assignments are due on time.  If you are struggling with course content or finishing assignments on time, please inform the instructor AHEAD OF TIME to receive help.   
20% Participation (submission of reading thoughts and contributions to discussions)
35% Written Assignments
45% Projects 
Readings
You will be required to read articles BEFORE the date of discussion.  Your preparedness is critical for meaningful and productive class discussions.  If you want to know more about a topic that was briefly discussed or will not be discussed, please contact the instructor for suggested articles and resources.  
Assignments
Reading Thoughts: At the start of each class, you will be required to submit a thought, statement, or question regarding the assigned readings on a post-it note.  If you are not sure what to write, respond to the discussion questions listed on the reading schedule.  These thoughts will be posted on the board and will drive the discussions of the classes. 
Writing Assignments:  These assignments should be typed, double-spaced, with page numbers and a cover page, and include APA citation style. Electronic submissions of written assignments are accepted and should be emailed in PDF format before the start of class.   
Projects: For each project you will be given a rubric to guide you.  
CUNY Statement on Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person’s ideas, research or writings as your own. The following are some examples of plagiarism, but by no means is it an exhaustive list: 
§  Copying another person’s actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source.
§  Presenting another person’s ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source.
§  Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source.
§  Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments.
§  Internet plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, and “cutting and pasting” from various sources without proper attribution. 
The City College Faculty Senate has approved a procedure for addressing violations of academic integrity.     
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