Whether you're an experienced arts educator, or a teacher looking for ways to bring life to your curriculum through visual arts, music, drama and dance, this group will provide a place to meet, share, and imagine!

#artsed Chat Topic Suggestions

Joan Weber Director, Education Division, Creativity & Associates

Twitter is a world in which we communicate with one another in 140 characters or fewer. There are several great chats going about education (#edchat and #blacked, for example). A date, time and topic are chosen in advance. During that one hour a week, people with interest in the topic join a live feed discussion.

It is time for #artsed to have that conversation. I volunteer to facilitate. I will keep this discussion thread going, advertise the chats and post the topic based on voting.

Please post your suggestions for chat time and topics.

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7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

Southern California Teacher

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Wow Darrell, you are so lucky and you are SO RIGHT ON RIGHT. And, no one, NO ONE KNOWS THIS LIKE AN ARTS teacher!! I used to live in the city and it is so alive and filled with that RUSH! which is so exuberant that it solves 99% of the problem of teaching the ARTS! Here in Southern Cal you would think with Hollywood so many near people would understand the importance and appreciate the need, but NOPE! NOT A CLUE. Most of my staff does not support or understand the class I teach nor the trips I try to take to the GETTY or Broadway shows.

However, I do what I do in my classroom (and still get criticized by my faculty), but I know I impact my students. I teach Art History and appreciation to 8th graders. It mostly cost my $$$ but well worth it! They love learning about the history of radio, tv and film. It is wonderful to see their eyes open watching silent films, they are in awe. Chaplin of course pulls them into the world of films....I love how they are stung............zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.....The Marx Brothers and their laughter and begging for more is wonderful to see them laughing and happy and running to me in the morning parking lot asking to see Laurel and Hardy and My Little Chickadee again. Imagine. Children who tell me they hate reading. But, now can actually read!! They actually LOVE LaStrada, and understand the depth of PATHOS and the beauty of Felini............They hold back tears for LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL and hang onto every note for PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Their begin to uderstand the world of Jim Crow in To Kill a Mockingbird and will see the great Hollywood Musicals the month of May. In June I will show them the popular I AM SAM, and end with Schindler's List.

I want this to be a two year course. So many movies so little time. I often stay late on Tuesdays to show other films they have never seen: Gone With the Wind, La Bamba, Mi Familia, Simon Birch, Waking Ned Devind, Crouching Tigher, Hidden dragon, They love Finding Neverland and Finding Jane.

And, alas so much is taught in film in the story and in between the story. filled with everything in between the lines, the scenes. The Film Language. Oh, how quidkly they pick up the visual arts, how they enjoy working when they do not even realize they are working. And the music they hear but do not know tells the story. The scenery. The teamwork. Mostly the love of living you passion of the arts. Each movie is another experience together of going together on another journey.

Happy enriched children accumulating more than ever before. We are all lucky together. I could go on 12 months of the year. It is never tiring. My Classroom is My Manhattan.

7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

The most fun and rewarding

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The most fun and rewarding activities I have ever done are with students. It is more and more impossible to get adults/faculty involved. The attitude is they cannot read or do math why waste time with the arts???? No matter what "research" we give, the problem is the farther we get away from arts in education the more ignorance we have. The more emphasis on testing, testing, testing the less importance we are having on the beauty of arts in education. We really do not have people who are listening unless they have been involved in the arts in their own childhood.

The other problem is that in order for me to get my students involved in the arts, I need MONEY for the BUS!! I can get the museum to let all of my Title I students in gratis, but the district charges for the bus.........no, there are not enough fund raisers to pay for a bus. Also, the cost of theatre performances is more costly. It is very difficult. I do what I can in the classroom. We have generations of children who have never been to a museum in SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. This isn't even the middle of nowhere! Pathetic...

I believe we need a National voice speaking out for our county to SAVE the ARTS as they are more important. All the research shows the importance and no one is listening. NO ONE. Research does not seem to matter. What matters is convincing the public that our children cannot read or compute or survive without the arts. We have a NATION of SORROW without the arts.

Director, Education Division, Creativity & Associates

#artsed Chat rocking

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The #artsed Chat is going really well. I hope you can join us on Thursday evenings at 7pm ET. On May 22, Sir Ken Robinson will be our special guest. I can't wait.

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