Art & inquiry in any classroom


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Presentation for MoMA's Art & Inquiry MOOC, August 2013

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  • @kategukeisen Thank you so much for your comment. I am glad you found this helpful in your Art & Inquiry MOOC experience. I really like the way you integrated Art & Inquiry into your Elementary Math Classroom! Thank you also for sharing this with your PLN. Hope you continue to use Art & Inquiry. I bet it makes a real difference for your students.
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  • Thank you so much for posting this, Cathleen! I am in the Art & Inquiry MOOC right now (March 2014), and just found your presentation as I'm preparing a brief presentation to share my learning and a but about how I developed a Pre-K lesson and activity for my final project. I am including a link to your presentation as a 'further exploration' opportunity for people in my PLN.
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  • Thank you Sandra and Kelcy. I love doing Professional Development for teachers. When they get excited, they create engaging environments for their students. Thanks also for your support during the final project phase. I was able to take this presentation and rework it to fit the criteria for submission and was able to improve upon the presentation in the process. Now I just have to make those corrections and reupload it. So glad to be working with you both again and look forward to #CICMOOC!
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  • I echo Sandra's comments. This is a fabulous resource in itself. I especially love the activities that are tied to new digital applications - especially if the classroom is dispersed rather than local.
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  • Absolutely stunning and elegant PPT. A really useful way to prep for #artinquiry MOOC Project - and also to teach the value of art and inquiry. I love this - and hope I can share with other Learning Developers on our Drawing for Learning CPD event? Best, Sandra
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Art & inquiry in any classroom

  1. 1. In ANY Classroom
  2. 2. Incorporating Inquiry-Based Learning into the classroom requires changing the environment from one of passive information reception to one of curiosity and desire for explanations.* Artwork is an excellent way to introduce inquiry based learning into any classroom.
  3. 3. • What BIG IDEAS do I want students to learn and explore through works of art? • What QUESTIONS can I ask to encourage the discovery process? • What types of INFORMATION about the art will I need and how will I FRAME this information for students? • What ACTIVITIES can enhance the learning experience?
  4. 4. • Theme • Questions • Information • Activities
  5. 5. A good theme is: • Visually evident in the works of art • Relevant to the student’s lives and classroom content • Provokes deep thought and critical thinking
  6. 6. Characters Spaces & Places Everyday Objects Narrative in Art Identity Art Redefined Society & Politics
  7. 7. “If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” —ALBERT EINSTEIN
  8. 8. Questions are invaluable teaching tools that serve many functions in the teaching and learning processes including: • Assess knowledge and learning • Prompt students to clarify, expand, and support their claims • Direct students to engage in discussion or debate • Encourage students to question their own thought process or reasoning • Apply class concepts to real-world scenarios* A Primer In Effective Questioning Strategies For Classroom & eLearning,
  9. 9. Present a scaffold upon which students can layer their understanding of the complexities of the subject. Weave factual information into the discovery process. Ask open ended questions at appropriate intervals, and WAIT…….
  10. 10. • Foster Close Looking • Connect Experience with Artwork to other Learning • Introduce Key Concepts • Ignite Imagination and Creativity
  11. 11. • Generate a list of descriptive words; then choose and form sentences “Six Word Memoir” • Write a review of a work of art • Write a wall label for a work of art Six Word Memoirs at Smith Magazine
  12. 12. • Write a first-person narrative or dialogue from the perspective of a character in artwork. • Write a postcard to a friend about the place depicted in the work of art.
  13. 13. • Students can use Twitter to tweet themes, questions, comments, critiques and more. • Students can reach out to connect with the artists to ask them questions. • Students can use Facebook , Voice Thread, Google Hangouts, Skype, and email to connect synchronously and asynchronously with other teachers and students around the world through written and spoken reflections. All the World’s A MOOC, Blog by Ary Aranguiz
  14. 14. Spaces and Places
  15. 15. Topic: The cultural preservation and the perpetuation of indigenous traditions in the Pacific Islands. Theme: Identity Essential Question: Why is preservation of traditional knowledge and cultural values important to a community? • What evidence of traditional knowledge and cultural values do these images convey to you? Activities: What traditions do you celebrate with your family? Create a project to share these traditions with the class. Pacific Worlds Curriculum
  16. 16. MOMA Learning Web Resources: (Courtesy of the MOMA Learning Team) Google Cultural Institute MOMA Worksheet: Questions About Art Inquiry Drives Learning The Art of Powerful Questions, by Eric E. Vogt, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs Swarthmore College: Diversifying Economic Quality: A Wiki for Instructors and Departments Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways into Inquiry Learning 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom
  17. 17. A Primer In Effective Questioning Strategies For Classroom & eLearning,
  18. 18. This presentation was developed for MOMA’s Art & Inquiry MOOC via Coursera, August 2013. Thank you to Lisa Mazzola and the MoMA Education Team for these resources. This presentation is intended to be used for Professional Development for K-12 educators interested in Art & Inquiry.