Arts Education Demonstration Project of the Marin Community Foundation
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For me, this year's Open House in the art room was a very different animal! I took a chance at proposing that we forgo an all school exhibition of children's work this year and instead create displays that illustrate the learning that happens in art.
To begin, Annalisa Chasen and I got together to brainstorm and through our conversations, I decided to take on the Studio Habits of…
Posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:45am — 1 Comment
Last time I wrote about the purpose of teacher research – to focus on an area of practice in a systematic, curious way in order to improve one’s teaching. I think we all do this informally in various ways all the time. Teacher research is just being more intentional and focused in the process, analyzing and reflecting on the results to reveal new understandings about our teaching. These understandings then inform any changes we wish to make.
Obviously, this process does take…Continue
Posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:08am
What’s a Teacher Researcher? Part 1
We all know we are doing a lot of inquiry in our classrooms. Last year I became curious about how the most engaging parts of my classroom curriculum could be mined for more student thinking, understanding, and meaning. We all have those projects that fully engage and excite our students. Could I find ways to make these already engaging projects more impactful? Could I use an existing project that I know my students already love and…Continue
Posted on April 17, 2013 at 8:33pm
Many LCM teachers trained at Buck Institute’s Project Based Learning course, yet implementation in the classroom requires more study for many of us. Taking the PBL workshop as part of the 2012 Summer Institute gave participants an opportunity to experience PBL from a very different and important perspective – the learner’s perspective.
We came to the workshop desiring a greater understanding for the planning process, implementation, and nuances of PBL at our particular grade…Continue
Posted on September 7, 2012 at 9:34pm