More Than 50 Years Of Putting Kids’ Creativity To The Test : NPR.
This is the second in a three-part series about the intersection of education and the arts.
Let’s start with a question from a standardized test: “How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?”
It’s not a typi [...]
A new global league table, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit for Pearson, has found Finland to be the best education system in the world.
The rankings combined international test results and data such as graduation rates between 2006 and 2010, the BBC reports.
For Finland, this is no fluke. Since it implemented huge education refor [...]
Finland has an education system the US should envy – and learn from
Finland’s test scores top global charts, but the country doesn’t obsess about tests like the US, and it pays teachers adequately.
A new book has attracted much interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn Fr [...]
An A+ student regrets his grades – The Globe and Mail.
The purpose and meaning of education is widely misunderstood and wrongly presented.
This is why the education system needs “reinventing, not reforming,” according to Harvard Innovation Education Fellow Tony Wagner. We’re creat [...]
I created a Prezi for the final presentation of learning in my Introduction to Curriculum course at the University of Denver with Bruce Uhrmacher. My overall point is that the foundation of curriculum is about ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS.
In particular, I made little animations using [...]
In the beginning of the school year, upper school students work on many life drawing assignments to hone their perception skills and train their eyes. I want them to focus on angles, relationships, proportion, scale, and accuracy. Milk cartons proved to be a wonderful object because of their geometric structures and playful forms. With pro [...]
What is a sandwich? In my definition, it is an edible object containing layered ingredients usually between some type of bread. However, a sandwich can also be a metaphor. What else can a sandwich represent? What parts of our lives are “sandwiched” together? This assignment required upper school students to assess the parts o [...]
Upper school recently completed an assignment about transformation. Not only did they physically alter media to “transform it”, but also transformed the content within the images to create unusual situations. Here are some of their solutions and the magazine collages they manipulated along the way. Working with moveable objects/ [...]
My 6th grade students were tasked with creating the “World’s Greatest Remote Control”, or more specifically, one that meets the needs and desires of their lives. We discussed good design (form versus function) and examples of well and poorly designed objects. However, I added one caveat which was that they had to include a [...]
I’m doing a project with my sixth graders where I’m asking them to turn an ordinary image (albeit an antique object) into something, anything- as long as it’s not too obvious. I want them to use their imagination to transform one thing into something else. Let me say this, I did NOT think it would be a difficult assignmen [...]
Having just started teaching at Francis Parker School, here is a sample of the first assignment I began with 6th grade. The idea was to explore line through broad and varied sumi ink paintings, and then we created separate backgrounds focusing on shape using natural pigments (aka: coffee, tea, raspberries, blackberries, pomegranate juice, an [...]
I’m teaching an Art Appreciation course at Colorado Mountain College this semester, and in order to reinforce concepts, terms, and provide an experiential sculpture assignment, I asked the students to bring gummy candy to class. Without information on the planned activity, students selected a set number of each type of candy along with [...]
Good news! The superhero Ultrabod has been rebuilt after blocking an attack from aliens who tried to destroy Earth with their De-System-izer ray gun.
…or so goes the comedic performance by Mrs. Carney’s third grade class at Crystal River Elementary School. Students acted as nurses, doctors, and various body systems in order to d [...]
If you haven’t seen this film, I recommend finding it and sitting down with a notepad. While it is only a partial view of the politics and issues in global education, it certainly makes a point about how the U.S. compares in the international educational system.
This past Tuesday I began teaching the first of a three part afterschool art program at Carbondale Middle School. Anderson Ranch is facilitating the first session, and then two other organizations will take turns to cover the entire school year.
I decided to focus my 6 week project on [...]