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Applying authentic learning processes in the arts helps teachers scaffold instruction to improve student achievement.

Section Overview

The Learning Processes—create, perform and respond—were identified in the 1997 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in the arts. K–12 arts educators in the Minnesota Quality Teaching Networks further defined the Learning Processes by describing the components or the incremental steps of each of the three processes which makes them excellent lesson or unit design tools.

The Learning Processes are slightly different design tools however because they are student-centered. Using them to build or revise a lesson requires the teacher to develop intentional instructional strategies to support students in accomplishing each incremental step in creating, performing or responding to a work of art. Instead of lesson planning or revision that begins with the question, "What do I want to teach?" the teacher focuses on the students and the question is, "How will I support my students in accomplishing the learning in this step of the process?"

Note: For professional development training to use these materials contact The Perpich Center for Arts Education

Section Resources

Tools & Processes

Anchor Work Learning Process Template pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Create Learning Process Template pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Inquiry Learning Process Template pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Perform Learning Process Template pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Respond Learning Process Template pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Thirteen Principles of Best Practice pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Questions to Frame Lessons or Units pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Four Characteristics of Constructivism pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Definition of terms for components of Learning Processes pdf_iconprint2flash_icon


Sample Lessons
Creative Writing pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Dance Lesson: Song of Myself by Walt Whitman (Middle School) pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Music Lesson: What, Why & How Come? (Middle School) pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Visual Arts Lesson: CSI—Considering Surrealism In art (Middle School) pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Chihuly Lessons
Visual Arts Creation--Classroom Chihuly: Exploring Botanical Forms pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Visual Arts Criticism--Cinderella's Glass Slipper: Will It Fit? pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Collaborative Visual Arts Creation--Chihuly Sculpture: What If Dale Did Golden Valley? pdf_iconprint2flash_icon

Articles & Essays

Background and Rationale pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Introduction to the Learning Processes from Engaging Students pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Teaching & Learning Intentions: Lesson or Unit Designpdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Focus of learning for each art area at different grade levels (Repeat from Section 01)
All Art Areas pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Creative Writing/Literature pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Dance pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Media Arts pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Music pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Theater pdf_iconprint2flash_icon
Visual Arts pdf_iconprint2flash_icon