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The Arts in our Schools: Share one story!

The Arts in our Schools: Share one story!

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I have been inspired and encouraged by the resources, programs and ideas that are starting to emerge as part of this group. When we're out there advocating for something that we know in our hearts is valuable, especially when we're dealing with funding organizations and district level officialdom, its easy to get caught up in statistics, results and the like. I wondered if as many of you as possible could share one story about one student, one lesson or one project that you call to mind around the arts and arts education. It doesn't have to be long...just true! So gather around, grab a glass of your favourite refreshment and tell us a story! stephen

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Erika Saunders's picture
Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

One project I assigned was a group compare/contrast between 2 books I read as read alouds: Dracula vs. Frankenstein. I let the students pick their groups and how they chose to represent their knowledge. In my learning support class, the students who usually did the least work and had the biggest behavior challenges formed a group. They decided to use artwork in their project.

They were simply amazing! They were the most engaged, were the best behaved, and created the most sensational project in the class! I was so proud of them. It was, truly, their moment to shine!

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Stephen Hurley
Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman
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Hi Erica,

Thanks again for telling us about this. Did you have a conversation with these students about what resonated with them about this? Was it their ability to choose a presentation/exploration strategy? Was it their ability to choose their own groups?

I love this story.

stephen

Erika Saunders's picture
Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

[quote]Hi Erica,

Thanks again for telling us about this. Did you have a conversation with these students about what resonated with them about this? Was it their ability to choose a presentation/exploration strategy? Was it their ability to choose their own groups?

I love this story.

stephen[/quote]

I think it was a little of both. They really liked teaming up with people they selected. They also liked being able to express their knowledge in their own way. I gave them ideas: T-chart, Venn Diagram, List, Art, etc. and the areas they had to compare (i.e. appearance, creation, etc.). Then when they agreed on artwork, it became a kind of competition! They kept saying that there's was going to be the best - and it was!

It was probably one of the few times in their lives that someone asked them how THEY wanted to do something related to school!

Dan Godston's picture

Hi,

Thanks for starting this discussion. I've done a number of arts residencies in schools. Recently I did a project where kids created poetry robots (partially inspired by a project described in Dave Morice's "The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet."

Cheers,

Dan

Dan Godston's picture

Hi,

Thanks for starting this discussion. I've done a number of arts residencies in schools. Recently I did a project where kids created poetry robots (partially inspired by a project described in Dave Morice's "The Adventures of Dr. Alphabet."

Cheers,

Dan

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Stephen Hurley
Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman
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Hi Dan,

Thanks for the teaser. Could you tell us more about the poetry robots...I'm intrigued!

stephen

Jennifer Holcombe's picture
Jennifer Holcombe
After School care at the Austin Discovery School (Challenge School)

Our 2 day a week drama class has segwayed into more of a reading group (as redirected by our Director). One day I had the second grade girls, but halfway through the class I could see they were getting antsy and bored. One of the girls gets particularly dramatic with her reading (anytime words) sometimes and I told her she sounds like an announcer for the TV news. This gave me an idea for the girls to each take a piece of the news, create wacky TV news team names and to become reporters for my ever ready handy video camera. This went over huge! They wrote, then read, and recorded, very funny pieces!

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Chris Ortiz
Student, actor, writer

This past summer about 22 students(plus myself) worked on three different plays over the course of two months. The plays were Macbeth, Much ado about nothing, and a Midsummer's nights dream. it was definatly the biggest challenge i've ever had in my path, as well as the biggest for my peers. Our teacher praised us for it in the end, but that was after the stress of being in an auditorium for 8-10 hours a day with 20+ teens who can be rather emotional at times :)

All and all, it definatly justified itself when we performed, made us a little sad too that it was over.

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