We invited project teachers to reflect on their experiences using the Studio Thinking Framework in their teaching practice at this half way point in our three year learning community. We're sharing some of these reflections as we know teachers don't hear from each other often enough about how their practice is shifting as a result of using this framework. Thank you teachers for sharing your practice. We are always inspired by your thoughtfulness and commitment to on-going reflective practice. - Kate
How has this learning community focused on using Studio Thinking and critical thinking supported your teaching around the development of yourself as a learner within a learning community?
I find that I am more reflective in my practice as an arts educator-I consistently apply the habits in my lesson design process/execution/reflection through a studio habits structure. I am looking closely at what my students are producing as well as what they are learning/thinking about through process. I make adjustments as needed throughout and as needed upon lesson/project completion through my reflective process. We are developing a school-wide instructional focus on critical thinking at LPHS and visual art is at the forefront of this process. The methods and strategies that we have developed for self-evaluation, in-progress and final process/project reflection in the visual art department is being used as the model for assessing critical thinking school-wide. DiDi Grimm has been instrumental in presenting our methods of critical thinking in the visual arts, through the use of studio thinking, to modify and design a rubric for this school-wide instructional focus area.
"Everything I've done in life is about polarities, about two sides balancing out," says the artist. Carving layers of circles out of the pages of an atlas in order to create topographic islands and canyons, both Lin's studio and outdoor projects mark an identification with the land.
How has this learning community focused on using Studio Thinking and critical thinking supported your teaching around the development of your students self awareness as an artist/learner?
Maya Lin Systematic Landscapes Map 2, 2006