Knowing Before Doing

Video courses always present a bit of a challenge for me. Do I have my students go out and shoot to get familiar with the cameras first, or do we sit inside for several weeks discussing concept, technique, brainstorming and bonding. Personally, I always select the latter. While it is imperative that they know how to use a camera, my course Hip-Hop: The Story in


April 23rd, 2014 0 comments Meeting our students where they are / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical / Time-Based Media

Hip Hop Hooray

This spring I’ll be teaching a video course entitled Hip-Hop: Visualizing the Story. I don’t think I’ve been this hyped and nervous about teaching a course in a while. How do I condense the brilliance and culture of hip hop into 8 weeks? Hip-Hop: Visualizing the Story focuses on cialis onset hip-hop as a tool for social change. We’ll discuss the history, culture and social


March 10th, 2014 0 comments Spotlight: Marwen Course / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical / Time-Based Media

Do What the Kids Do!

On the first day of class our students voiced their fears and concerns about approaching a stranger for their video project. “What if they say no”, “What if they are mean” and the most extreme “What if they try to kidnap us”. (I assured them I would not let anyone kidnap a Marwen student).

Street Scouting encourages students, grades 6-8th, to hit the streets in


November 12th, 2013 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry / Time-Based Media

Back to Basics

I have been a teaching artist at Marwen for the past 5 terms, and I have learned a lot from my students, my own personal experiences, my teaching assistants, and the supportive staff. But when my schedule became more hectic than I expected, I realized it was affecting my work as an educator. I am never one to dismiss an opportunity to learn and


October 2nd, 2013 0 comments Professional Development / Teaching Artistry / Time-Based Media

Documenting the Unknown

With the last weeks of summer approaching I felt it would be appropriate to look back at this past term while we soak in the remaining warmth.

This summer I taught a documentary course to high school students in which I allowed them to create individual pieces about a topic of their choice. I have to admit I was terrified to give my students that


September 4th, 2013 0 comments Meeting our students where they are / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Teaching the conceptual / Time-Based Media

The Beauty, Talent and Stories Youth Possess: Getting to Know Your Students

An audio interview with former student Layia Amoaku
My past three years of working as a teaching artist have provided some of the most rewarding experiences. I find myself pursing this career because the youth I meet have greatly impacted my life and have opened my eyes to the beauty, talents, struggles and goals of youth. There is a connection I make with my students


July 1st, 2013 0 comments Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Spotlight: Students / Student Driven Classroom / Time-Based Media

Youth: Reshaping Society

As teaching artists I believe our duty is to help the youth cialis buy online generic reshape society by providing them with the tools needed to collaboratively, confidently and artistically dismantle and confront societal problems that affect them. There is power in the youth voice and an importance and urgency for them to be heard especially now when some are facing violence, poverty and a


May 21st, 2013 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Meeting our students where they are / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry

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