Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
Activities and Discussion (50 minutes)
Making a Case for the Arts (20 minutes)
Realizing the power and promise of arts education is a first step toward changing instructional practice and finding a new role for the arts in your school.
To begin your mock debate, divide into two groups. Give everyone an index card with a role teacher, principal, parent, or student to assume while debating. In each group, there should be at least one person playing each of the four roles.
In the debate, one group will make the case for an arts-rich curriculum in every classroom. The other group will counter with arguments against arts education. The debate may begin with stereotypical claims and put-downs, but it should work toward deeper discussion of real issues. Begin the debate with these questions:
When everyone has spoken, end the debate. Come out of character and talk about any points that did not have a counterargument. Is the case stronger for or against the arts?
Preparing to Build on New Ideas (25 minutes)
Divide into pairs, each pair collaboratively creating a work of art such as a drawing, sculpture, poem, song, dance, and/or scene that communicates your vision of the arts in your classroom. Combine two or more art forms if possible.
Reassemble as one group and share your works of art, pointing out and discussing similarities and differences.
Begin laying the foundation for your shared vision of the arts in every classroom by discussing these questions:
Reflection (5 minutes)
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