Practicing What We Preach

In May we came together to intentionally "Practice What We Preach" at this seasons Marwen Teaching Artist Retreat. Thank you to all of you who created the time to reflect and learn together on this day.

With a 30-year-old mission to educate and inspire underserved young people through the visual arts, how does Marwen position itself to practice this work when young people are often unfamiliar with

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July 26th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry / Uncategorized

How We Will Work to Create Inclusive and Equitable Classes

Part 2: This winter's teaching artist retreat was a time for us to engage in dialogue and develop strategies to better serve the students we work with. Creating an inclusive classroom space begins with understanding the students that we serve, building new paradigms, strategies and practices. We sought to make this workshop interactive, a safe space for asking questions, and a space for learning from each

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February 16th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection

Race, White Privilege, Gender Pronouns: Resources, Essays and Books

Race & Racism:

But That's Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Children are not Colorblind, by Erin Winkler
Are We Raising Racists?, by Jennifer Harvey
Re-Thinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation, by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Loving Blackness as Political Resistance, by bell hooks

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race, by

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January 12th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection

Marwen’s Peer to Peer Exchange: Community, Support and Growth for Teaching Artists

Marwen’s Peer to Peer Exchange is a teaching artist lead professional development program designed to provide support and encourage our teaching artists to continually refine their teaching practices. Each term a team of teaching artists gather to observe, reflect and collaborate.

After the program each teaching artist is asked to reflect on their experience:
Did the Peer to Peer Exchange help to further develop your

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October 3rd, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Peer to Peer Activities / Peer to Peer Exchange / Professional Development / Reflection / Teaching Artistry

Resource from Marwen’s Mid Term Meeting: Assess Where You Are and Develop Strategies For The Studio

We now have mid-term professional development meetings! The primary goal of the mid-term meeting is to provide timely professional development that can be utilized within the current term; the focus of this PD is to directly improve student experience and learning. TAs are given the opportunity to reflect, share questions and challenges in the weeks prior to the mid termmeeting in order to inform the content. At the mid-term meeting we work

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March 9th, 2016 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

Critique: Sharing Ideas for Talking About Student Work

Teaching Artists have good ideas for implementing and setting up critiques. Appropriate them from these lists brainstormed at the most recent Marwen Retreat.

Topics for discussion were:

Creating a safe space for critique
Critique related to individual student goals
Critiquing with a quiet group
Critiquing with a chaotic class
Critiques with a particular focus
Mid term critiques

 

 

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January 15th, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Critique / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

The Value of Critique: Why Encouraging Students to Talk About Their Own Artwork is Important

At last canadian pharmacy meds weekend's Teaching Artist Retreat we spent time discussing the importance of providing our students with opportunities to discuss their artwork. After a conversation amongst teaching artists, we shared some student comments from the 2015 Fall Term Student Voice Survey to deepen the conversation around the value of critique and to hear first hand what students believe they gain from the

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December 11th, 2015 0 comments Critique / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

Reflection at Marwen: A Few Summer 2015 Student Voice Survey Responses

What was the most interesting thing you learned in this course?

How to develop pictures the hard way.
I learn how to use the light so i can try at home or anywhere else
I really liked working with plaster, especially since you could do a lot with it. It was very dynamic.
that statues and statuettes are 2 completely different things i thought that

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October 14th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Critique / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Actively Listening and Building Trust with Students

Tips To Encourage the Development of Trust 

Make communication positive, clear, and specific.
Recognize that each individual sees things from a different point of view.
Be open and honest about your feelings and accept others feelings.
Ask questions for clarification on an issue.
Learn to listen. Allow time for the student to talk without interruptions.

Active Listening Skills

Active listening is an essential skill. One

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October 2nd, 2015 0 comments Best Practices / Cool Resources / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

Adolescent Development: Creating Partnerships and Relationships

We recently held at our annual Summer Teaching Artist Retreat in our lovely summer term sculpture studios at UIC . Morning presentations on adolescent youth development were led by fantastic and engaging UIC Youth cialisgeneric-toped.com Development PhD candidates, Emilia Chico and Nicole Darcangelo.
Here is their very useful PowerPoint on Adolescent Development for MARWEN.
And please utilize these helpful resources they shared with us as

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June 12th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

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