Syllabus for past IATE 2014
Arts Integration Through Experiential Reflection
Course Instructor: John Ceschini
Important Course Dates:
March 09, 2014 – Orientation and Enrollment
April 11 - 19, 2014 – Travel to Milan, Italy
June 7, 2014 – Classroom Curriculum Integration Project due
This is a two-part course that challenges you to integrate your travel experiences in Milan, Italy into your classroom. The goals for the course are as follows:
• Become aware of your own artistry, creativity, and cooperative skills during the travel portion of the course.
• Deepen your understanding of children’s multiple learning modes by making art along side artists who employ a variety of art modes.
• Gained competency in “teaching through the arts” by experiencing the arts within the context of the Leonardo da Vinci’s work and the art in the north of Italy.
• Challenge your own stereotypes of European culture, peoples and art through critical dialogue with an Italian artists and teachers.
• Develop new ways of integrating art making into your classroom curriculum.
Part One: Travel to Milan, Italy
From March 29 through April, 2014 you will be a member of a group of teachers traveling to Milan, Italy to gain experience related to art-making, creativity, and classroom arts integration. Your week long stay in Italy will enable you to work with Italian teachers and other teachers in your group as you experience the following hands on arts experiences in the following art modalities:
Working directly with teachers and artists, you will be making art throughout the week. Reflection, journaling, small and large group critical dialogue and exhibition of your work will lead to new understandings of how your own creativity can be integrated into your classroom.
Documenting your process of interacting with artists, teachers, and the physical environments of the Italian culture will be critical to your understanding of how arts integrate into local cultures. Reflection and documentation of your daily activities, and your own art-making will provide you with the data that you will need to integrate the travel experience into your classroom curricula.
Because your documentation will be very important as a source of memory and inspiration for you once you return to your classroom, you are required to make entries using the following documentation formats:
• Found materials gathered materials
Part Two: Experiential Integration with Curriculum
Your approach to integrating the arts into your students’ classroom experiences is based on a set of assumptions you hold about how children learn, how teachers teach, what counts as knowledge, and what role education and the arts play within society and within your life. During this part of the course you will use your travel experiences to integrate art into your classroom curriculum based on what you learned during your time in Milan. You will be guided by the various documents that you have accumulated during the travel section of the course. This documentation will include - but not be limited to - class notes, your journal (written and illustrated), photography, artifacts, and found objects and materials.
Course Assignment: Postmarked June 9, 2014
1. Develop and implement an art-based lesson within your own classroom based on your experience in Italy.
2. Create a PowerPoint presentation to describe the lesson. The presentation should show how your travel experiences have affected your approach to teaching. For example, you can talk about how your classroom lesson was inspired by your travels by reflecting on:
• Your interaction with Italian teachers, their best practices and their use of arts integration approaches
• Person, persons or events that made you think differently about your teaching
• Arts experiences that made you think of new ways of integrating arts into your own classroom
Send your assignment with a self addressed stamped envelope (appropriate size) to:
John Ceschini, Principal
Seven Oaks Elementary School
1905 Town Center Boulevard
Odenton, MD 21113