Thanks to all of you for your postings the past month. It’s great to hear your thoughts on the articles and your work with your students. I understand we’ve given you a lot to read this semester, but I think it would be very helpful for all of us to read Part III, “Integrating Studio Structures with the Studio Habits of Mind,” pp. 89 – 111, in our Studio Thinking text. I know the examples represent ‘traditional’ visual arts classrooms (and our classes are anything but!), however, I would like us to re-orient ourselves with the studio structures and the 8 habits of mind, and to really look closely at our own teaching practice this semester. Which habits are we emphasizing and how?
Please use the reflection prompts on page 109 to think about your own work in the context of your partnership:
- What habits of mind do I tend to emphasize?
- What habits are naturally built by particular activities?
- Which habits come up frequently in individual (or group) consults with students?
Some of your work will fall in clusters. Identify the clusters and notice how they push and pull on each other. I also will be interested to know where you will place the relationship building parts of your class. Understand art world? Reflect/Question/Explain? Other? Where do those activities belong? I really want to hear from our partners on this.
Lois Hetland, one of the authors of Studio Thinking, will be our guest blogger in the next two weeks. She will be looking over our blog and your course blogs, and will be very interested in your thoughts.
If you need more resources on culturally responsive pedagogy, I’ve compiled a short list of sites and articles that might be helpful to you (thanks Virginia), check them out at your leisure:
- The Olivia Gude article on Color Lines from the Teaching Tolerance Web site is an excellent read. (Trena, I hope you’ll have your students read this as it might put a different spin on attaching meaning to color.)
- Teaching Tolerance: Amazing resource for culturally responsive pedagogy and tools for teaching in a racially diverse classroom, I LOVE THIS SITE for all of its resources.
- Harvard Project Zero’s Visible Thinking site provides resources for creating a culture of thinking in the classroom. Look at the Thinking Routines for short, guided discussions that your students can do together.
- Minnesota Public Schools Web site offers wonderful tools to help you plan your teaching using Artful Backwards Planner and Teaching for Understanding frameworks, as well as assess student learning using Studio Habits of Mind.
- Art Is Education Web site that highlights the 10-year anniversary of Alameda County’s Art Is Education work. Please note that Amana’s Art Esteem Self as Super Hero is featured as well as Peralta Elementary where Trena is artist in residence.
Great work, you all! Looking forward to hearing from you online, and for our upcoming guest bloggers: Lois Hetland from Project Zero/Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Dave Donahue from Mills College.