Two ArticlesSeptember 9, 2016
Arts Ed Partnership Arts Ed Digest articles
Writer, Stacy Teicher Khadaroo looks at how arts education is increasingly being considered as an effective way of fostering creativity and critical thinking skills. The School that Art Saved includes information about the pre-K-8 Roosevelt School located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The classroom description includes learners engaged and focused on learning – not a focus on the test. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t measuring their success since they’ve infused arts education into the instruction. In fact, they’ve scaled back on the testing. “The school has gone from being one of the lowest performing in Connecticut to a significantly improved institution: Disciplinary infractions are down, academic performance is up, and both parent and teacher pride in the school are increasing.” CLICK HERE to read the entire article published in the Christian Science Monitor.
You’ve been hearing about the “Maker Movement” and in fact, I visited schools last spring to learn more about what’s going on in Maine on the topic. Vermont educator, Cynthia Day wrote an editorial called Why Making and the Arts Need Each Other to Survive and Thrive in Schools and explores why they can’t survive on their own. Partnering with the arts can provide for a powerful teaching and learning environment that can help transform schools for this time period we live in.
Cynthia’s list for “Making mentality,”:
- Creativity: Making engages a student’s mind creatively and practically. The senses are engaged as emotions and thoughts are shared in community with others.
- Technical Skills: In Maker culture, engineering skills develop without always needing to be explicitly taught. Tools used in the world outside of school are put into the students’ hands.Time seems to fly by, and students don’t want to put away their work.
- Collaboration: Real problems are solved and social groups are formed around relevant, challenging endeavors.
- Reflection: Reflection happens as students discuss their progress and wonder aloud about the possibilities.