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An introduction to our Studio Thinking committee - big ideas, commonalities and student impact in the classroom

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  • Add to the whiteboard your thoughts about Studio Thinking, why we are here and what we might accomplish.
  • Sticky notes: Write a word/phrase (one per note) to describe your 1) philosophy and beliefs about the Arts, teaching style Post and look for patterns.
  • I’ve been thinking about thinking Bloom’s taxonomy (revised) puts creativity at the highest level Daniel Pink Ken Robinson Eisner Studio Thinking
  • This became my metaphor for creative and critical thinking Help me with it - what do you see?
  • I start to see heads everywhere As an artist and director I’ve long enjoyed Using dance, music, mask in my work on stage Puppets are my latest interests
  • This is my grandmother puppet
  • Bio Boxes One on one theatre Actors head in a box Audience right there, intimate How do we deconstruct theatre, the arts?
  • Have a discussion with a partner about these three points and discuss how they apply to you? Are you comfortable with the term “artist”? Introduce your partner as if they are an important guest speaker, a new kid at school or a politician. What feeds your spirit? Where do you get your strength? Short survey (my first data)
  • Sticky notes - phrases to describe (visual map) look for patterns Common language? Can we identify common objectives? (do we need to?) (will that be beneficial?)
  • Discussion: Indicators Assessment Areas to grow
  • You may not be aware of the diversity in our division I was in awe when I saw just how much is happening
  • I really want to know more about how people think about their thinking I asked 3 artists to come have a conversation
  • How can we find a common language? (handout) What will this look like in your classroom?
  • Cornell’s boxes & surrealism Music, dance, drama, art connections that can be made
  • Discuss personal experiences with schooling growing up. What opportunity did you have? Was there a time you felt the most or least encouraged to be creative?
  • Action research makes it sustainable When teachers engage in action research we see a dramatic increase In Teacher Leadership. Why might this be? Confidence Curiosity Challenging Stimulating Engaging empowering
  • As a member of this committee you will get: Laptop Camera Video camera Headset and mic Why? Communication, documentation & sharing in the division
  • Let’s use this as a way to share our work, pose questions, ideas. issues
  • Survey Interview Video of one class We view together and re:interview Final survey
  • Create a question Journal, document (photo, video), Ning
  • Who are we as artists and creators? What feeds my soul, my creative energy? How does it feel to participate instead of always being the one to deliver the experience? Will this have an impact in my practice? Aha! Moments Journal about it
  • Would anyone want to visit someone else’s classroom? Other collaborations to consider? Mentorships?
  • Studio Thinking

    1. 1. STUDIO THINKING Creative and Critical Thinking in the Arts A Living Sky School Division Teacher Committee
    2. 2. Profiles <ul><li>My Beliefs </li></ul><ul><li>My Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Do we share a common language? </li></ul>
    3. 8. Who am I? <ul><li>I am a Teacher </li></ul><ul><li>I am an Artist/Creator </li></ul><ul><li>I am a Learner </li></ul>
    4. 9. <ul><li>What do I teach that I believe to be the most important; what is absolutely crucial to my practice? </li></ul>
    5. 10. Student Success Stories <ul><li>How do you know your work is making a difference? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to see as student success? What indicators are you looking for? </li></ul>
    6. 11. The Arts are Alive in Living Sky <ul><li>Our teachers are engaged in many arts events: </li></ul><ul><li>ArtsSmart grants </li></ul><ul><li>Special activities & workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed grades, mixed schools </li></ul><ul><li>Local celebrations, festivals, performances exhibits, tours, guest presentations and showcases. </li></ul>
    7. 41. Creative and Critical Thinking
    8. 42. 8 Studio Habits <ul><li>Craft </li></ul><ul><li>Engage & persist </li></ul><ul><li>Envision </li></ul><ul><li>Express </li></ul><ul><li>Observe </li></ul><ul><li>Reflect </li></ul><ul><li>Explore </li></ul><ul><li>World of art </li></ul>
    9. 43. The Studio Classroom: create, express, share <ul><li>What identifies you? What are your symbols & metaphors? </li></ul><ul><li>Create a box of your imagined classroom as a Studio. Design it as you’d like it to exist, as imagined, reflecting you, your philosophy, and beliefs. </li></ul><ul><li>Play! </li></ul>
    10. 44. Schools and Creativity <ul><li>Sir Ken Robinson speaks about the role of schools in fostering creativity and makes a case for the value of the Arts in society. Link to the video </li></ul>
    11. 45. Research on Good Practice <ul><li>“ advice from colleagues” has the most influence on teacher professional practice (ex: this committee) </li></ul><ul><li>Next influential is graduate classes, then professional readings, and finally your undergrad degree </li></ul>
    12. 49. My Research <ul><li>I would like to know how/if your participation on this committee impacts your practice? </li></ul><ul><li>I would like to have conversations with you about your work and your thinking about thinking. </li></ul>
    13. 50. Your Research? <ul><li>Do you have a question about your own practice? Your learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What would you like to come to a better understanding of about your work? </li></ul><ul><li>How might you document and share this question? </li></ul>
    14. 51. Studio Thinking for Teachers: The Artist Within Oct. 2, 2008, Chapel Gallery <ul><li>Working with Artists: </li></ul><ul><li>Holly Hildebrand </li></ul><ul><li>Michele Sereda </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Suchan </li></ul>
    15. 52. Plans & Dates to Meet What next?
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