arts-based learning

Reflecting on the "Forage III: Arts-driven instruction" experiment that Ed Martinez and I continue to elaborate, the current focus of my thinking is on how best to extend this workshop series so that we reach more students and provide usable models for integration into regular classrooms. We’re set to launch Forage IV: a two-dimensional art exploration, where classes get the opportunity to take...
I'm working on a "vision piece" with this title, gathering thoughts for the upcoming CoLab 3rd Space Conference, and I'd love any feedback folks have. Collecting Threads, Weaving Community/Colgando hebras, tejiendo comunidad Weaving the threads of the Common Core into the fabric of our community/Enhebrando los hilos del Básico Común en la tela de nuestra comunidad a proposal for collaboration by...
Wow, I just had an extraordinary experience co-planning and cofacilitating our  collaborative work at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.  The final afternoon, Saturday, which is the subject of this blogpost, was co-planned and co-facilitated by me, and we focused on how we might envision together new ways of collaborating from several WP sites (Piasa Bluffs, Gateway, South Coast), two museums (...
The power of stories—whether telling our own, listening to those of others, or building them from our imagination—has a deep connection to human development and learning. Telling stories allows us to learn about ourselves, but it is also an act of “mutual creation involving interactions and understanding between teller and listener” (1).  For museums, storytelling can tap into personal, cultural...
A few weeks ago, I had a brief Twitter conversation with Paul Oh and Ira Socol about how little we re-read and re-write in schools. One of Paul's tweets about design-thinking sparked my part of the conversation. I see writing as a design process - we craft it. We plan, draft, revise, publish, and evaluate the effectiveness of our writing in a variety of ways as adults and educators. It's an...