Meeting our students where they are

Cool Resource: Stages of Adolescent Development

Three stages of adolescence - early, middle, and late, are experienced by most teens, but the age at which each stage is reached varies greatly from child to child. These different rates of maturation are connected to physical development and hormone balance, neither of which the child can control. Adolescents should be treated as individuals and any guidelines should be adapted to the particular child.

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May 6th, 2015 0 comments Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Student engagement

How We Praise Our Students Is Just As Important As What We Teach Them

We all want to nurture our students when we see something unique in their creative work, but the way in which we do it can have long-term effects. Recent studies have found that praising a child as being “talented” or “smart” can actually harm their potential. Not what you expected?

Consider this: if someone thinks that you are smart or talented, and what you are

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April 17th, 2015 0 comments Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Student Driven Classroom

An Aerial View: The Language of a Line

My name is Silvia Gonzalez and I am a teaching artist and photographer. I currently work at Village Leadership Academy Upper Campus and attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a graduate student in the Masters in Art Education program.

I got interested in art at an early age because it was a language for me. When I was in grade school,

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February 26th, 2015 0 comments Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the conceptual

Cool Resource: Time Management Strategies

TIME MANAGEMENT

At last week's Winter Pre Term Meeting, teaching artists practiced a strategy called "think- pair- square" and shared techniques and ideas regarding time management in the studio. Here is a resource that was shared and discussed:

Helpful ideas for planning pace and progression of the day and the term:

Explain to the students the exact learning intentions (outcomes) of the day, demo, exercise, activity

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January 16th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

Please Describe the Purpose and Structure of Critiques in this Course:

After each course Marwen's teaching artists complete a reflection survey. The awesome range of uses and formats for critique are evident in the summer term responses to the prompt- Please describe the structure and purpose of critique in this course: como funciona el cialis Individual critique with the instructors, as well as repeated exposure to each others' works in progress. Periodically, I would have the

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October 17th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Critique / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Assessment in the Studio Classroom

For the last year and a half I have been participating in Marwen’s efforts in understanding what assessment looks like at our organization. It has been a very enlightening experience - One that has taken me from cringing at the thought of ‘grading’ our students and their work, to finding that I have learned so much more about the value of assessment than I ever

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September 10th, 2014 0 comments Assessment / Critique / Drawing / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Adapting to the Individual Nature of Classes

Tuesday evening at the summer post term meeting our group of 8 teaching artists and assistant teaching artists discussed this question:
How do we adapt/adjust to the nature/idiosyncrasies of a class?
Overall, this became a question of student engagement. One solution was to use the first class meeting for students to find their own way to a class topic via discussion. The teacher then wraps technical instruction

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August 13th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

Marwen’s Summer Teaching Artist Retreat At Mana Contemporary: Part 2

Last week 40 Marwen Teaching Artists and staff members came together at Mana Contemporary Chicago for our Bi- Annual Teaching Artist Retreat. The format of the evening offered three artist's responses to the question:
How do you insure everyone has a voice?
Here's another response to the question. Teaching Artist Fellow Marta Garcia created this video of guest artist avery r young's offering:

http://vimeo.com/101735878
Here's some more feedback from our brilliant participants:

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August 1st, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development

Balancing Skills & Techniques with Content   

Color photography students at certain art schools hate to learn Adobe Photoshop. Clicking and dragging on graphs in Photoshop does not hold the allure of a vintage film camera or the sleek qualities of $4000 digital optics. It’s just a program on their laptop, the device they microsoft windows product key use to watch videos while they eat ramen for dinner.

So in order to

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July 16th, 2014 0 comments Meeting our students where they are / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

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