Monday, December 19, 2011

Pecha Kucha from Kennedy HS

Here is the Slide Show presentation Jen led us through at our last meeting.


  1. LPHS is in the process of developing a school-wide ILT focus on Critical Thinking. I believe that Jennifer's statement in slide #8 about what we do in Art, as a discipline in and of itself, in conjunction with the Studio Habits (slide #19) and the key prompts for reflection on each habit are very powerful. As a visual art teacher I have to continually justify the importance of the visual arts as support for College Readiness Standards and (soon to come) Common Core Standards in Language Arts, Mathematics and Science. The statement about what we do in art in conjunction with the Studio Habits transform the visual arts from a supportive "non-core" discipline into a major vehicle in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills in all students; and not just students that have a natural talent for the visual/creative arts. I am reminded of how Jennifer’s statement and the Studio Habits appear to be a natural extension of Eisner's Ten Lessons the Arts Teach from his book The Arts and the Creation of Mind.

    I look forward to incorporating Jennifer's statement and the reflective prompts into my practice.

  2. Beth,

    Elliot Eisner's "10 Lessons the Arts Teach" is very inspirational. I think the subtle intricacies of art are almost too powerful for most learning institutions. I see the arts being minimized constantly and I wonder if people are just too afraid of what cannot be systematically measured or quantified.

    It's true that dispositional thinking used in the arts transfers to all disciplines. I like what you say about SHoM and the arts as major vehicles in the development of critical thinking and problem solving for all students regardless of talent. SHoM brings that language forward. I've been reading "Sparks of Genius" by Dr. Root-Bernstein. This book explores 13 thinking tools employed by great minds. Some of these tools include observing, imaging, recognizing patterns, modeling, playing, etc.

    We just put your Pecha Kucha up on the blog. Thank you for writing about Jen's presentation. This is really helpful.