Co-Generating Goals with Classroom Professionals

Use the goals of the Classroom Professionals you are working with to support or inform your lesson plans to foster more collaboration and investment.

Co-Generating Goals with Classroom Professionals
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Co-Generating Goals with Classroom Professionals

As you plan for your residency, consider how the varied goals of the Classroom Professionals with whom you are working can support and inform strategies for achieving your own goals.

Including a conversation about different goals in your planning meeting will foster more investment in the residency from all parties. To initiate a productive dialogue about goals with your Classroom Professionals, prepare questions to initiate the conversation. These questions can range from questions about specific students and the class as a whole, to questions about the Classroom Professionals, themselves. For example, what is their relationship to this art form? To creativity? To art-making?

We can frame these questions around four types of classroom goals: Academic, Artistic, Social/Emotional, and Physical. Setting these goals will help inform your process for planning inclusive lessons.

  • Art-form specific (learning a technique, skill, or completing a culminating project/putting on a performance)
  • Develop a basic vocabulary of the art form
  • Appreciation of the art form, including knowledge of its cultural and historical background
  • Explore creativity through collaboration and/or individual work

  • Reinforce language arts skills and Common Core knowledge
  • Acquire arts-based skills to describe, explain, or understand non arts-based topics the students are learning
  • Acquire problem solving skills
  • Focus on verbal and/or nonverbal language skills throughout the residency

  • Build coordination
  • Build spatial awareness
  • Develop an understanding of spatial relationships
  • Create opportunities for movement and physical activities

  • Develop students’ ability and willingness to collaborate, encouraging them in ways that are aligned with a Liberated Learning Environment
  • Develop students’ willingness to share their own work and receive others’ work
  • Negotiate with others and ask for assistance

Here are a few example questions to help you get started. For more ideas, we recommend exploring the Planning Meeting Preparations by Role document.


  • What Common Core skills is your class working on that I can incorporate into my lesson plans?
  • Will there be a Core theme explored in connection to the art form, or a specific theme introduced outside of the residency in connection to the art form?


  • What excites you about this art form?
  • What do you hope your students will learn about this art form?
  • How do you currently incorporate art (this form or others) into your classroom?
  • Do you consider yourself an artist? Why or why not?

Social/Emotional Goals

  • Can you tell me about the strengths of individual students and what sort of supports they benefit from the most?
  • What might I consider in planning my lessons that would benefit all students in the class?
  • In what ways does this class collaborate? Are there collaborative skills you’d like for me to focus on?

Physical Goals

  • Do the students often leave their desks?
  • Do they understand personal space boundaries? Do they know how to move safely within the space?
  • Are your students working on any gross or fine motor skills?