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Transcript of arts education
Who am I?
Where did I come from?
What are my beliefs?
What will I become?
How can we as teachers help? Schools that give adolescents experience with real-world work, internships, mentoring and many avenues for self-expression such as art, music, drama and creative writing foster identity formation.
Research suggests that students do better in school when they feel strongly anchored in the identity of their families, communities and peers. Teachers therefore need to connect meaningfully with their students... art clubs and shows
drama and plays
"Art is a form of representation through which privately held personal ideas and concepts are publicly shared." -Eisner, 1994
The Arts can provide unity and companionship for students. Usually all of the members involved with the arts group share common interests and hobbies.
Social Development Being a part of a team or a group is part of our natural development, part of our very nature.
If a child does not find some group to join he/she may develop a feeling of insecurity or of “being lost”.
The arts can offer many types of team and group activities for students who don’t feel like they fit in to athletics.
When students feel a sense of belonging to their schools there many positive effects: Higher academic performance
Stronger motivation to learn
Greater liking for school
Positive Academic Effects of the Arts Members of groups involved in the arts say that benefits include close friendships and often, working together toward a common goal - creating motivation. Students can gain skills like: cooperativeness, leadership and self - expression.
Parents and teachers need to also be aware of the powerful influences students can exert on one another and use the institutionally sanctioned groups the arts offer to build cultures of learning in school.
In order for student's to build a strong and healthy ego identity, they must receive consistent meaningful recognition for their achievements, which can be done through the arts. A lot of students don’t receive this recognition at home – but we can ensure that they will recieve it in school through getting our children and students involved in and advocating for the arts in schools.
Some things to think about... 90% of elementary schools fail to provide a standards-aligned course of study across all four arts disciplines. 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance Voters believe that, in order to meet the demand for innovation in the marketplace, we must teach skills of the imagination in the classroom. how would we know... ...who could be the next Picasso? Students are... There are many opportunities for our students and teachers to accomplish these things when they are involved in the arts at school. Fewer conduct problems
Reduced drug use and delinquency
Greater social competence
And finally... (Are we falling behind other nations?) ...by building relationships with them, and referencing their out-of-school experiences when possible.
Being a part of an arts group can make you feel like you belong somewhere – it feels good to fit in.
Acceptance brings feelings of security and happiness to our students. If we as teachers, don't make a case for the arts? ...or Basquiat? ...or Kruger?