What does this mean for me as an elementary art teacher? Sure, I want my students to be invested in the learning, to get enthusiastic about art, and take pride in their work. But, even if I see evidence of this already, I’m sure there is plenty more I can do to help my students Own Their Learning.
See some strategies I want to implement this year.
You may have heard about a push in this nation for schools to strengthen their Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math programs to make US students score higher in these subjects on international standardized tests. But true innovation began with creative thinkers and artists.
At the beginning of last school year I was told that my school building had begged, borrowed, and bargained for enough iPads for a grade-level set (about 100) and that they would rotate through the school for one month per grade level.
I had to figure out a plan.
Read about it here.
The art room is a place where students are challenged to use their highest level of thinking skills to creatively problem-solve and effectively communicate ideas. Watch a video explaining my thoughts on creativity and a creative video advocating for art.