I was surrounded with some of the greatest minds in Art Education: (Enid Zimmerman, Marjorie Manifold, Elizabeth Delacruz, Juan Carlos Castro) Professors of preservice Art Educators, Doctoral students, Researchers, innovators, thinkers, and ...then me?!?
I was distracted by the flow of polysyllabic words during the presentations but loved the challenge to dust off the cobwebs a bit and join in the conversations. I'm on the front lines as a K-5 art educator putting theory into practice amongst the constraints of curriculum, schedules, resources, management, and time.
What I had to share was my technology rich and connected classroom at Dryden.
I shared my stories of how my students have had authentic audiences because of our connectedness.
My students have made literature inspired art projects and then connected with their authors online.
My students have made art that was shown on websites, textbooks, 30ft LED screens in NYC, on TV, and shown in children's museums around the country.
My students have made Fugleflicks (student-created, art-related videos) that have screened at local, national, and international venues.
My students have connected with app developers as they use their apps on ipads.
My students have won recognition for their artwork in state and national exhibits.
My students continue to wow me with their high levels of motivation, effort, and achievement.
My students have taught me to TRY MY BEST as an art teacher.