Syllabus

VCU TEDU 411.901 Course Syllabus
Spring 2017
Wednesdays 7 – 9:40
3108 Oliver Hall

Title of Course:
Integrating the arts in curriculum for young children

Instructor:
Monty Jones, Ph.D.
3072 Oliver Hall
joneswm2@vcu.edu
Twitter: VCUMonty
Office Hours:
https://vcu.zoom.us/my/drjonesoofficehours (virtually by appointment)
– Tuesdays 5 pm – 7 pm in person
– Wednesdays 5 pm – 7 pm in person

 

Michael Schad (Teaching Assistant)

schadml@vcu.edu

Required Text:

Goldberg, Meryl. (2017) Arts Integration: Teaching Subject Matter through the Arts in Multicultural Settings. 5th Edition Boston: Allyn & Bacon. (ISBN-13: 978-1138647381, ISBN-10:1138647381) Link to Amazon

Description:

Provides pre-service teachers with an understanding of how experiences in visual art, music, drama and movement can be used to support the growth and development of children ages 3 to 8. Students will learn of the importance of all of the arts for children’s cognitive, socio-emotional and psychomotor development. Emphasis will be given to integrating developmentally appropriate experiences in the arts into early childhood curriculum.

Course Objectives

  1. To review major theories of cognitive development as a context for understanding the importance of the arts in education.
  2. To demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the arts in children’s learning and development.
  3. To identify ways in which the arts can be used to support the VA Standards of Learning for children in the K-5 classrooms.
  4. To develop instructional activities and supporting materials for including the arts in primary curriculum.
  5. To reflect on the relationship of the arts in supporting learning throughout the classroom environment.

Timeline:
This schedule is tentative and may be modified as needed.

Week 1 (January 17 – 23) ***cancelled due to snow

Week 2 (January 24 – 30)
– Discussion : Introduction to Course
– Art activity: Make personal web sites using rampages
– Homework : Read Chapter 1 – Art as Text, Arts Integration, and Arts Education, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 3 (January 31 – February 6)
– Discussion : Chapter 1 blog prompts, creating your own web site
– Art activity: Music
– Homework : Read Chapter 2 – Art Integration: A Methodology for Learning, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 4 (February 7 – 13)
– Discussion : Chapter 2 blog prompts, music
– Art activity:Digital Video, theatrical performance
– Homework : Read Chapter 3 – What Does it Mean to be a Learner?, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project (provide update)

Week 5 (February 14 – 20)
– Discussion : Chapter 3 blog prompts, digital video, theatrical performance
– Art activity:Paper craft using digital fabricator – Day 1
– Homework : Read Chapter 4 – Piaget, Imitation, and the Blues: Reflections on Imagination and Creativity, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 6 (February 21 – 27)
– Discussion : Chapter 4 blog prompts, papercraft
– Art activity:Paper craft using digital fabricator – Day 2
– Homework : Read Chapter 6 – The Voices of Humanity: History, Social Studies, Geography, and the Arts, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 7 (February 28 – March 13) **** No class on March 7 – have a great Spring Break
– Discussion : Chapter 6 blog prompts, papercraft
– Art activity:Paper craft using digital fabricator – Day 3
– Homework : Read Chapter 5 – Communication, Expression, and Experience: Literacy and the Arts , write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 8 (March 14 – 20)
– Discussion : Chapter 5 blog prompts, papercraft
– Art activity: Poetry
– Homework : Read Chapter 7 – The Wonder of Discovery: Science and the Arts, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project (provide update)

Week 9 (March 21 – 27)**** No face to face class this week, online activities only
– Discussion : No face to face class this week
– Art activity: Multi-cultural movie assignment
– Homework : Read Chapter 8 – Puzzles of the Mind and Soul: Mathematics and the Arts, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project(provide update)

Week 10 (March 28 – April 3)**** No face to face class this week, online activities only
– Discussion :No face to face class this week. Virtual assignments only.
– Art activity: digital photography, digital storytelling
– Homework : Read Chapter 10 – Seeing a Different Picture: Assessment and the Arts, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 11 (April 4 – 10)
– Discussion : Chapter 10 blog prompts,digital photography, digital storytelling
– Art activity:3D design and printing – Day 1
– Homework : Read Chapter 11 – A Lithograph in the Closet and an Accordion in the Garage: Connecting with the Arts and Artists in Your Community, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 12 (April 11 – 17)
– Discussion : Chapter 11 blog prompts, 3d design and printing
– Art activity:3D design and printing – Day 2
– Homework : Read Chapter 12 – Beyond Walls: Mural Making and Critical Voices: Collaborative Art Projects, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 13 (April 18 – 24)
– Discussion : Chapter 12 blog prompts, 3D printing and design
– Art activity: Sculptor, electronics
– Homework : Daily art postings, work on final art project (provide update)

Week 14 (April 25  – May 1)
– Discussion : Chapter 12 blog prompts, sculptor, electronics
– Art activity:Children’s Engineering
– Homework : Read Chapter 9 – Setting the Stage for a Turn of Events: Subject matter Informs the Arts, write blog posts and respond, daily art postings, work on final art project

Week 15 (May 2 – 8)****No class on May 1, Final Presentations on May 9
– Discussion : Presentations of final projects, course evaluations

 

Expectations for learning in this course:

  • This course is designed to require 6 – 9 hours of work outside of class time each week for 15 weeks.
  • This course meets one evening a week. You are expected to arrive on time. Most weeks, we will create a graded art project. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to submit the project before the next class.
  • The course is built on the rampages WordPress system. You will each create your own blog and link it to the course blog. You can keep your blog after the course and continue using it.

Course Grading:

Above all, I want every student to have a meaningful learning experience and be successful in this course. I am always willing to discuss your learning progress, grades or questions about the course at any time. You are encouraged to make an appointment so we can meet outside of our regular class meetings.

The following grading scheme will be used to determine your overall performance in the course:

Class attendance – 65 points (13 face to face classes x 5 points each)
Art/ Making activity – 45 points (9 activities x 5 points each)
Daily art – 42 points (14 weeks x 3 pieces) – extra credit given for more pieces
Final art project – 20 points
Weekly blog posts/ responding to others – 28 points (14 blog posts x 2 points each)

Total = 200 pts (Divide by 2 to give corresponding grade earned)

Art/Making Activities

There are 9 art/making activities we will develop during the semester. We will spend 2 hours each class developing these projects. As well you will work on these projects outside of class time. The due dates for these projects are noted in the weekly assignments.

Daily art

This course is designed to increase your interest in integrating art into your future curriculum. Each week, you will be asked to generate  small pieces of artwork at least 3 times that you can then post on your personal web site. My teaching assistant and myself will also be engaged in this project.  You may upload one piece of art a day maximum that is inspired by a Virginia SOL. You will receive credit for every piece you upload.  These can be as simple as digital photograph, a sketch, a short video, a song, a poem or anything else you feel is appropriate. This is a great opportunity to get extra points.

Final art project

During the semester, you will generate one piece of art that you will work on each week. You will provide updates on your project every three weeks. You may choose any VA SOL as inspiration for this piece, and you may use any media you want.  The final project is not as important as the process you engage in, and the final grade will be derived primarily through your 4 updates. You may change this project as the semester goes on, and you learn about various mediums. That is fine, as the largest percentage of your grade on this will be derived through your 4 weekly updates.

Weekly blog post / responding to others

Each week, you will write a blog post that will respond to a given prompt. The prompts will ask you to reflect on the previous week’s art/making activity, and the chapter you read that week. You will also be asked to respond to 2 of your classmates posts.  You blog post will be due by midnight Sunday of each week, and your response to two other will be due by the next class session.  There is no required length of the blog post. We just ask that you address fully the prompts.  We will not check to make sure you are responding to others but if we notice a lack of responses on your part, we will contact you to discuss.

 

The following grading scale is used to determine letter grades for the course.

“A” = 90-100%

“B” = 80-89%

“C” = 70-79%

“D” = 60-69%

“F” = Below 60%

Further standard VCU Syllabi information located here:http://go.vcu.edu/syllabus

 

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