EDAR 531: Encountering the Arts: Choice, Voice and Creativity in the K-12 and Gifted & Talented Classrooms

July 8, 2024 - August 18, 2024

Instructor: Lindsay Stewart

This course will offer inspiration and direct experiences in the arts in a thematic, student centered, project-based environment. Drama, Movement, Music, Poetry, Storytelling, and Visual Arts will be explored across content areas: Math, Science, Reading, and Writing. Understanding the potential to meet all learners in a supportive, empathetic, thematic-based environment will be at the heart of the course. We will look closely at research, theorists and practitioners advocating for freedom, choice and creativity. This course also provides strategies for working with Gifted & Talented students.

Participants will be supported to make connections from their own experiences and apply learning to their disciplines and grade levels.  The class will provide opportunities to integrate the arts in an emerging, student-choice curriculum, along with providing space for a rich conversation about local and state requirements.

Working collaboratively and individually, we will gather and develop skills, create curriculum and problem-solve ways to address necessary content, standards and challenges.  Throughout the course, personal work, questioning, art making and journaling will guide us to deepen our practice.

Participants will meet online for 10 weeks (6 weeks in Summer). Both terms will require a minimum of 45 contact/study hours and provide 4.5 CEUs.  A personal project to be shared with our class community and also your own educational community, along with a summative paper documenting the learning in the course is required.

Materials Required:

Laptops are required for the course. Internet will be required. All resources will be accessible to participants on a Google Classroom site.  Additional handouts will be provided.

Required Reading:

Integrating the Arts – Pascal/Donovan

Optional Resources

In the Spirit of the Studio – Leila Gandini

Assessment Visible Learners – Mara Krechevsky and Ben Mardell

Theory Pedagogy of the Oppressed – Paolo Friere

100 Languages of Children – Loris Malaguzzi

  • Course Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course, educators will be able to:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how the arts can support a variety of learners in the K-12 Classroom, including Gifted & Talented.
    • Understand the relationship between listening and responding when designing emerging, thematic learning (the course will model this).
    • Experience, practice and reflect on cross-disciplinary thematic curricula using the arts as a vehicle to connect ideas – in cohort and on our own.
    • Apply useful resources and make connections between the arts and other content areas.
    • Analyze, share and apply resources from theorists and practicing educators.
    • Design quality arts integrated lesson plans and units.
    • Immerse in the creative process and share experiences and learning with students.
    • Apply creative instructional strategies for all students.
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