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
Fall 2016 was my first session as a member of the Marwen Assessment Team. (A small professional development group that meets 3 times in a term to discuss our outcomes and to design tools to support our- and our students'-understanding of their growth.) In our pre-term meeting we discussed many options for assessing student learning and decided to implement writing exercises: one at the beginning
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
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
No one was allowed to see my sketchbook in junior high. To be honest, no one is allowed to see my sketchbook now. It is a collection of halting starts, experiments, some hideous failures and a few hidden gems. Even though we are professional artists and educators we still make mistakes.
The problem is our students rarely see those mistakes. We show the work we
Fall term starts next week! YEAY! It is also Sara's last week! BOO!
We are heartbroken that she will no longer be at Marwen. Congratulations and best of luck dearest SG!
Each of us has gone to Sara for guidance and advice... Below You will find important reminders, guidelines and best practices written by Sara- that all teachers at Marwen and beyond should hold close
We know how important it is to be flexible in the classroom, to respond and react to the students’ needs and abilities, and be prepared to change our course of action. But this flexibility can work in direct opposition to our own goals as teachers. When we create our classes we structure them around the ideal. What we hope to accomplish, what we hope the
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
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
Engaging With Youth As Active Participants and Accountable Community Allies
On June 11th, 2015, I had the pleasure of sharing my teaching practice with Marwen staff and teaching artists. I was able to discuss the people, resources, conferences, and approaches to teaching that have had the most impact on my own praxis. My biggest take away from that is that Marwen continues to be a