Giving Compass’ Take:
• Argy Nestor, writing for Americans for the Arts, explains how arts educators are ensuring quality education for all students. Particularly, the ones that are struggling due to hardships outside of school.
• How does arts education support students in a different way? Is there funding for arts educators in your local school systems?
• Read more about the significance of arts education.
Summer is coming to an end and schools across the country once again are opening their doors and welcoming learners of all ages. The education systems of 2019 are shifting to meet the needs of these learners, and this is an ongoing and huge challenge for school leaders. Some students aren’t returning to a traditional school, while others never stopped their learning when the last school year was “officially” over. Fortunately, we have excellent educators across the country leading with innovative ideas to tackle aspects of these differences. As a veteran arts educator of 43 years, this blog is a reflection of what is circling around in my head.
Educators are using research and data to determine what is best for individual students. And the best educators are listening carefully to their students to address the needs. Outstanding schools are making student-centered learning the heart of the curriculum. What does that mean? Listening to and observing students while they are learning provides an enormous amount of information towards an excellent education. Designing ways to empower students so they can articulate their learning and lead. The role of the teacher has shifted—it is critical to step back and “guide from the side.”
So much of what takes place in the arts classroom is about the process of learning: experimenting with materials, asking questions, wondering, researching ideas, sketching, and creating. The process of assessment for the student is built into the process of creating. The teacher’s role is certainly to view the product and listen to the final performance, but more importantly it is to observe throughout the process, ask reflective questions, and help guide the student’s process. This is formative assessment and takes place throughout (Assessment for Learning).
You might be wondering, how does this impact arts education? We can no longer accept that educators will teach only those “ready” or “interested” or the “talented.” We need to teach ALL STUDENTS. If we don’t accept this responsibility, this will cost all of us later. If an individual comes to school troubled, it impacts not only their learning, but the students around them as well. Every young person deserves access to a quality education.
Arts educators understand and confront these challenges. In fact, many arts educators approach teaching differently than teachers of other content areas.
Read the full article about arts educators in schools by Argy Nestor at Americans for the Arts.
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