Making a Change at School
Connecting Art, Science and the Community
Connecting Art, Science and the Community
Watching this video, it sums up what I have been learning about equity in the classroom this semester. It is the hard truth about our education system and how it needs to change, it needs equity. We have schools with low income students who do not have the resources that are needed like other schools that have more of a budget. Students are falling out of interest in school because they are feed what they must know due to standardized testing. We are not allowing them engaging and creative learning. Students need new ways of teaching and more support in classrooms. We want all students to be the same, to do that we must provide help where help is needed.
Video found on Youtube by The Leadership Conference
This article focusing on shared purpose leads to civil action. The article is written by a teacher in a struggling school. The school was forced to get taken over and talked about turning into a charter school all due to standardized testing. The students all shared the idea that it was wrong that they must do something about it. Them sharing in this similar topic had them work together and fight for a cause they hold close to them.
The shared purpose in this article is more about a common thing that can happen to anyone with anything, failure. This article talked about how students fear failure and will dismiss anything that can lead them to that. They take the safe road because in school failing is bad. They don’t see how failure can be good. The shared purpose in this story is that students shared their failure not to mop but learn and teach. Students not only failed themselves but they learned from their failure along with others who have shared. This helped students with their confidence along with problem solving.
This video is a great way of shared purpose. This teacher asked her student to tell them a lie they heard about. This would be a lie that relates to them. It was a strong shared purpose movement that had young students share their story about a lie they found hurtful. A lie that relates to them whether it is about their gender, race, education, appearance, etc.
I really like this program! They are student centered program that focuses strictly on children. They “Taking all kids interest equally serious.” I find this program amazing. The different projects offered gives students choices. They do just have to work with robots, they can go into the arts or the engineering side. They want kids to problem solve and fail and work as a team. They share purpose.
Shared purpose brings collaboration. When you want to share ideas you share them with others that are similar. You are collaborating with others. This is a great way to build your social skills and your social contacts. Collaboration also bring passion when they share a purpose
My small move in the classroom is allowing the students to become more independent and have them learn things they want to learn. I want them to make things they want to make. I will be there to guide them and support them. I also want to be there to teach them different artist and material. This will allow students to learn things they want to learn and stay engaged. I have started with my 4th grade giving guided direction but allowing them more freedom to create what they want. They were a little shocked that we were not doing the typical slide show, explanation of what we will do, then directions on how to make it. I gave them the material and the concept and they went with it! They were excited with a small amount of confusion with their freedom. 🙂
Going through my art classes the thing I dreaded was critique time. At the end of the project we would gather as a group and go over each project. The teacher required us to participate and that was our participation grade. So as a shy child I would try but all you got out of me was, “It came out great, good job!”. Growing out of being an introvert I found that was a horrible critique and gave no constructive criticism.
Knowing how introverts struggle in public speaking I wanted to create a critique app that can be used in art class. This will allow the students to have an open dialogue when we go over each art piece. The app will allow the students questions that they can think about while looking at the art of their peers to help drive their constructive criticism.
When it comes to presenting the project the students can verbally critic or they can add to the dialogue so their peer can read. This will allow the students who struggle with public speaking to participate in the critic along with giving their peer constructive criticism. The dialogue will be on the board while the critique is happing so we can read the post and students can still comment afterwards and the student who was presenting can read them later.
I feel like this app will allow all of the students to participate in the conversation. They can feel more comfortable presenting their ideas to the peers. They will learn to keep things positive but also give constructive criticism to help.
Interviews about the app
I talked to a couple people in the career of teaching and asked them what they think about the critique app.
One Art Teacher said:
Active uses of Educational Technologies
Google Arts and Culture: This app and site is amazing! The students can go on and learn so much about different artist. They also can see different art works from different styles and time. The best part about the site is you can visit different museums and site all over the world. It works like google maps. You can virtually look around with a click of the button. This really is useful in my classroom because students can see different sites without leaving their seats. They can get more information on the artist they need or just learn something new. Google Arts and Culture
Imovie: This app is great for my students. They are very active on this app. The options are making a movie or a movie trailer. Students can become very creative with this app. I find it promote their creative side along with work on their writing and story telling. This app can promote students to become videographers or go big and be a director or story teller. Imovie
Imotion: This is an app on the tablets. I really like this app and find the students really challenged when they use it. Stop motion is very popular especially on YouTube. The creator can become very creative and come up with some fun things to make. My students really enjoy this because they have funny stories they portray with play dough. They see these videos on YouTube and want to try. YouTube being so big and some people actually making a living off the videos, students try themselves to become creative makers on there. I do not allow them to post any videos on Youtube but they are so encourage by others that they come up with some very creative ideas! Imotion
BreakoutEDU: I found out about this last semester. I was so drawn to it that I was able to get my school to sign off on it. I find it very engaging with learners. They can problem solve while learning. The goal it to break out before them time is up. They are challenge with time but also the riddles they must solve. They are learning and playing at the same time. BreakoutEDU can be played in the classroom or online! BreakoutEDU Digital
Tinkercad: A free CAD program online. Having a 3D printer in school I found a free CAD program that is elementary level. The students work with geometric shapes to make things. They are very challenged on this because they are not use to using a program that involves concentration and time. Students also have to be challenge to make something that is useful. We talk about Makers and how they use more advances CAD systems to create innovative ideas that can help the world. This program is very engaging and allows students to become innovators. Tinkercad