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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

Creating Criteria Along With Your Students

When I was in college I had an honors class professor explain that we were not honor students because we were smarter than everyone else, but because we were the kind of students who had figured out what teachers wanted of us and understood how to give them just that. Today I recognize that what made the statement true is that the majority of assessment

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May 13th, 2015 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Book-making / Design Arts / Drawing / Painting / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

Learning To Ride The Wave

I was feeling first-day-of-school jittery. It had been about a month since my last workshop with Embarc. Embarc is a program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. In fact, it had been a whole month since I’d led any workshop. I arrived at Spudnik Press  plenty early to set up.

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April 22nd, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Intuition / Printmaking / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

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: 96 Acres Education Initiative- P is for Power Toolkits

96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that address the impact of the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. We aim to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power, and to present creative projects that reflect the community’s vision of transformation.
Mission
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice

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February 12th, 2015 0 comments Collaboration / Cool Resources / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

A Teacher’s Duty: Activism as Education

This essay, written by Silvia Gonzalez (a Marwen alum, photographer, teaching artist, and activist), was originally published on Just Us Seeking Justice, a blog written by the teachers and administrators at Village Leadership Academy in Chicago. You can view the original post here.

On Tuesday, November 25th, teachers at Village Leadership Academy decided it would make sense to take some of our young leaders to Chicago’s

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January 16th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Student Driven Classroom

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

Cool Resource: ArtsConnection- The Creative Learning Loop

This great resource comes from ArtsConnection in NYC.

The Creative Learning Loop
Check out these links! They include a simple yet brilliant articulation of artistic process in the classroom- The Creative Learning Loop

Establish Clear Criteria
Facilitate Peer Feedback
Provide Opportunities for Revision
Repeat!

From the ArtsConnection website:

Formative Assessment in the Arts
Artistic creation in all art forms is an iterative process:  collaboration, critique and

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November 20th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Assessment / Best Practices / Cool Resources / Critique / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Using Lionel Richie to Access the Real World

This piece originally appeared in Composite Arts Magazine by Amaris Ketcham in the issue EDUCATORS

To my students, the “real world” sits just beyond the classroom. It is a space in flux, moving and changing much more quickly than academia. In education, there is a creative tension between an established body of knowledge and the real world; this tension can help fuel teaching.

For the past two years, I have taught

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October 28th, 2014 Art practice connected to teaching practice / Design Arts / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual

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