I listened to Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy. This selection only seemed to use piano and no other instruments. The music invokes a peaceful and calming feeling. Not happy or sad but rather just thinking about life. To me it creates an image of just walking through a beautiful piece of nature and thinking and reflecting on your own life. I think this is because the music stays at a relatively slow steady pace throughout the whole song. It also doesn’t change volume at all. After listening to it again I had similar feelings about what the piece invoked but I noticed more changes in tempo all though subtle they were present.
One of my favorite and most useful things I remember from school is the career day. For ours parents and local businesses came in to discuss what the career was like from a first-hand perspective. We could go to things of interest to us and ask questions about the steps we would need to take to get where they are. We could also see if the job was actually anything like we imagined it. It was also a great way to connect the parents into the school system. We did this in high school but this would also work in elementary schools as a way to connect material students are learning to real life. When I volunteer at a 5th grade math class one of the most common comments I hear is “when am I going to use this”. Having a career day with people they trust (their parents) will help the students make that connection.
Throughout my schools experience my teachers and the schools that I attended did a good job of integrating art into the curriculum. Some of the best times I had in school were when an acting troupe came in and did period pieces about what ever historical period we had just learned about. Everything we learned came together when we got to see everyone in costume acting as if they were a part of the time and events we talked about. I also remember when I was in grade school having a science puppet show come in once a year and the whole school would sit on the cafeteria floor to watch. I remember he was hilarious and we all loved to watch him, even the older 5th and 6th graders. He was teaching us science through a whole new lens to us and we loved it. It was also a great opportunity to see a puppeteer which an art form is I rarely see. I think including things like this on a large scale would be great in my future school and would involve local artist that the students would have access to outside of school if they wished to see more. I also think taking them on mini field trips to go around and see the street art and even the river is a great idea and can be used to practice making observations and other skills they have to learn in school.
- In this week’s reading, the author focuses how to assess the arts, and she does an excellent job at debunking some assessment myths. For this week’s post we would like you go back to a previous making activity completed by one of your classmates and assess their work. You can choose any previous making activity (group or individual), Note the one you chose, and include a link to it. You can find activities quickly by looking at the making activities listed under “our Blog Posts”. Answer the questions: How would you assess the activity if you were the teacher? Did the activity give enough opportunities for students to show their learning? How was the end product? Or was that even important to the activity?
For this activity I chose to look at the theater week where we made skit to represent a Virginia SOL Standard.
How would you assess the activity if you were the teacher?
I would give this activity I high grade because they fully incorporated the subject of a butterflies life cycle but also incorporated important points about bullying. I would grade students based on their understanding of the content materiel and how well they connected that materiel to the skit. I would give each group a different topic, or let them chose there own and have them do a form of peer lessons through their skits.
Did the activity give enough opportunities for students to show their learning?
I think this activity is open ended enough that it gave the students plenty of opportunities to demonstrate their knowledge. Students can incorporate as much information as they find necessary to teaching the content and furthering the plot of the story.
How was the end product? Or was that even important to the activity?
The end product was great. I think it was engaging and fun to watch but also informative. If I didn’t already know the life cycle of a butterfly this would have taught me. I think the end product is definitely important because the point is to teach other students what you learned through the research you did to create the skit.
This weeks reading looked at incorporating art into math and included some really cool examples. One thing I love to do is create mosaics and it is something I have done with children that most seemed to have enjoyed. Giving students different shapes and colors of paper and having them create mosaics is a great way to teach them about both shapes and patterns.
When trying to think of how art has helped me with science my mind instantly goes to Bill Nye and the Magic School Bus. Science class is often looked at as boring because of how it is presented in our school systems and I think movies and shows like these helps to change that. Some of my fondest memories of elementary school is when the teacher would pull out the TV and have us watch one of those, and I learned a lot. I still think back on them sometimes as the reason I know small fun facts and concept that have built on later in my education. For me digital media has been the best form to learn about science.
Pictures, music and poetry do sometimes get me into a scientific mindset if they get me to question what I know. Like the Science channel always says “question everything” and sometimes art gets me to ask those questions.
Art forms are a type of language because they communicate a message. This could be a verbal message through song or a non-verbal message which could be conveyed through dance or paintings. I don’t think one type of art form is better than any of the rest but rather each person connects differently with each art form. I personally connect best with dance and theater but that isn’t the case for everyone. I think in a classroom setting its best to use as much diversity in styles of art as possible. Like I said previously my favorite art styles are dance and theater which can easily be adapted into a lesson plan. One way of doing this is to act out or dance out vocabulary terms.
This week’s reading looks at social studies and the arts. I think there is numerous ways to engage children and use art as a framework to learn about different historical events. I think photography is the most powerful of these tools when it is available. Photography can put kids right into the action of whatever historical even we are talking about. Looking at a strong piece of photography can almost make you feel what the people in the photos were feeling and instantly puts us into others shoes. I also think photography can be a great conversation started for kids to get them ready to learn about a new time period or event. Show them a photo and ask them what they think is happing. The obvious downside to photography is how long it has been around. We can’t show photos of events that happened before cameras were invented.
I think creativity and student learning are connected because creativity is what gets students to want to learn. I think excepting all students to learn without allowing any creativity will not work. That being said I also believe that students get more creativity the more they learn so they two concepts work off of each other.
I haven’t seen creativity explicitly written into any SOL standards but I think creativity can be incorporated into any of them. I think the reason creativity is not in standards is because it can’t really be measured.
In Merryl Goldbergs “Arts Integration” textbook she gives her top ten education related wishes for students: wonder, desire, passion, risk taking, confidence, complexity, engagement, practicality, ownership, empathy. All of which seem like good goals for students of any age. If I had to pick one of these wishes that I find most important I would choose wonder. We need students to question everything, I believe that is how people learn best. I think wonder is the starting point for many of the other wishes Goldberg has listed. For example, you can’t have desire or passion without wonder. I think wonder makes the most productive learners out of all the traits because if you wonder about something you are going to put in the effort to learn about that subject and answer your own questions. Wonder should be incorporated into all activities regardless of the student’s grade. If students are encouraged to ask questions and are allowed to chose projects and topics that they have an interest in then they will wonder.
If I was to teach students about these terms I would introduce it by first asking what they think makes the most productive learners are and what traits they think helps them learn. After discussing the students choices I would then tell them all of Goldberg’s wishes and then we would have a discussion on how that could help the students as individuals.