Western Michigan University

ED 430: Creativity in the Classroom

Allison Downey

Diane Eberts


"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
- Pablo Picasso

(Updated 10/12/03)


ED 430:
Semester Outline:


(September)

WEEK 1: Introductions and Ensemble Building
W 9/3: Ice Breakers / Information sheet / Exploring creativity
F 9/5: Art Hop * (Optional)

WEEK 2: Ensemble Building & Creativity
M 9/8: Community Building activities / Creativity
DUE: Collage - What does it mean for you to be a creative teacher?
DUE: Read Coursepacket: Pp. 3-8: Gelineau, R.P. Integrating the Arts Across the Elementary School and Pp. 9-12: Notes & Quotes: Downey.
Include reader response in your creativity journal:
Q: Choose 2 quotes to respond to - How do they relate to your approach to and experience with creativity?

Start work on Learning By Heart chapter 2 (in coursepack)- week-long assignment due following Monday.

W 9/10: Observation / Arts Education / Integration overview: Meet at Woods Lake Elementary. Tour by Diane Eberts of Arts Magnet School
Classes meet at Woods Lake for tour
6:30-8:00 pm - (recommended) Woods Lake Elementary: A Magnet Center for the Arts: Open House- introduction to arts partnerships
DUE: Reading Learning By Heart, Ch.1 "Beginning" (no assignment due)
Creating Meaning through literature and the arts, Ch. 1, Pp. 1-16
Renaissance in the Classroom, Introduction, Pp. xxxv-xliv (On reserve)
DUE: Reflection Paper #1: Respond to Creating Meaning and Renaissance in the Classroom reading re: arts education and the need for it.

WEEK 3: Senses Workshops
M 9/15: Observations / Looking - Mirrors
DUE: Journal Assignment: Read Learning By Heart, Ch. 2 "Looking", assignment &journal reflection, bring creativity journal to class
"Learning and Looking and Thinking", by Rudolf Arnheim - (on reserve) (Come to class with 3 questions / discussion prompts)

W 9/17: Senses / Multiple Learning Styles & Stages of Cognitive Dev./Creativity & Creative Problem Solving

Due: Reading: Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts, Ch. 1, (Pp.16-36)
Reflection Paper #2: Choose 1 to respond to:
1. How does arts integration address or respond to the theories explored in
chapter 1? (Gardner's theories of MI, , Erikson's Stage Theory, Piaget's
Stages of Cognitive Development, and Maslow's Hierarchy of needs, &
Vygotsky's ZPD?)

2. How can you as a teacher use the research and theories of creativity in
terms of your own process, your students' experience, and/or arts
integration? (consider section "Take Action 6" on p.31.)


WEEK 4: Source Work - Multiculturalism & Relevance
M 9/22:
Gestalt - writing / drawing from an object / drawing /" Words as sources
DUE: Journal Assignment: Read Learning By Heart Ch. 3 "Sources", assignment &journal reflection, bring creativity journal to class

"Towards an Expanded Conception of Knowing: Qualitative thought in Re-Creations", by: Gabriele Lusser Rico (on reserve)
** You may want to complete the Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Cahan & Kocur, Introduction, Pp. xix-xxxi, reading due Wednesday by today.

W 9/24: Multiculturalism - what is the source? / Tradition / mediums & learning styles?
DUE: Journal Assignment: Read Learning By Heart Ch. 4 "Structure," assignment &journal reflection, bring creativity journal to class

** Reading: Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Cahan & Kocur, Introduction, Pp. xix-xxxi) (on reserve)

Reflection Paper #3: Q: Based on the reading how and why might you use a multicultural approach in your teaching? (explain your understanding of multicultural education)

** Bring an autobiographical object to class


WEEK 5: Storytelling / Life Histories

M 9/29: Personal Narrative - Multi-cultural, techniques & strategies
DUE: Journal Assignment: Read Learning By Heart Ch. 5,"Connect & Create, "
assignment &journal reflection, bring creativity journal to class

Reading: "To All my Relations: Minnesota youth and elders turn life histories into song", on reserve.

Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Cahan & Kocur (on reserve) , Ch. 5 "Texture of Memory", Pp. 39-44

Reflection paper #4: What are the connections between a multiple realities approach to history and multicultural education? How might these connections affect your teaching?


**** W 10/1: Storytelling
DUE: Journal Assignment: Read Learning By Heart Ch. 6 "Tools & Techniques" assignment &journal reflection, bring creativity journal to class
DUE: Recommended Reading: re: dramatic play "Introduction", Creative Drama for the Classroom Teacher, Ruth Heinig (on reserve at Ed. Library)
Short time for Chapter Groups to collaborate

F 10/3: Art Hop (Optional)
10/3-10/5: International Storytelling Festival: Jonesboro, TN

WEEK 6: Instruments & Puppets
**** M 10/6 : Instrument-Making Meet at Woods Lake Elem.)
DUE: Recommended Reading: re: dramatic play "Ch. 10: Story Dramatization", Creative Drama for the Classroom Teacher, Ruth Heinig (on reserve at Ed. Library)
Journal Assignment: Read Learning By Heart Ch. 7 "Work & Play" assignment & journal reflection, bring creativity journal to class
Work on Individual Creative Project


***** W 10/8: Puppets - Susan Harrison guest lecturer
DUE: Journal Assignment: Read Learning By Heart Ch. 7 " Celebration," assignment & journal reflection, bring creativity journal to class - in place of prescribed assignment in "Celebration" chapter, design a celebration for the class as a culmination of our experiences together in the Creativity focus of the course. Come to class with plan & diagram/description of ritual celebration.

Short time for Chapter Groups to collaborate

WEEK 7: Creativity Presentations
M 10/13: Presentations / Museums / Celebration Sharing:
Due: Individual Creativity Project Presentations:
2pm: L. Abaloz-L.Johnson; 4pm: T. Bess-L. Lacasse
Due: Creativity Journal & weekly assignments
(Hand out reading for next week: to be returned by Monday 11am on my office door Rm. 3422)


W 10/15: Individual Creativity Project Presentations - Celebration Sharing
2pm: J.Lacks-K.Zandstra; 4pm: M.Lindsey-E. Vanstaveren
Due: Creativity Journal & weekly assignments


WEEK 8: Art Integration & Art for Healing

M 10 / 20: Found Objects / Transformation / Art for Healing
Due:
2pm Class:
Reading: Read1 of the 3 articles handed out in class and present overview to small group:
"Moving Towards a New Philosophy of Art Education", Lee Michlein
"Why Sally Can Draw", by Jessica Davis
"Staying Within the Lines: Re-imagining what is "Elementary" in the Art of Schooling", Jardine, Graham, La Grange, & Kisling-Saunders

4pm class: Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Cahan & Kocur Chapters 1-4. Read1 of the 4 chapters handed out in class & present overview to small groups

Short time for Chapter Groups to collaborate

W 10/22: Group Presentation: Art Integration / Multicultural
Due: Reading Ch. 5-6, Creating Meaning Through Literature & the Arts
Reflection Paper #5: How might you utilize the arts in your classroom for healing (to process tragedy)? [you do not need to refer to the reading for this reflection paper]
2pm Class:
Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education. Cahan & Kocur Chapters 1-4. Read1 of the 4 chapters handed out in class & present overview to small groups

4pm class:
Reading: Choose 1 of the 3 articles handed out in class and present overview to small group:
"Moving Towards a New Philosophy of Art Education", Lee Michlein
"Why Sally Can Draw", by Jessica Davis
"Staying Within the Lines: Re-imagining what is "Elementary" in the Art of Schooling", Jardine, Graham, La Grange, & Kisling-Saunders

Sign Up: choice / groups for final project

WEEK 9: Music Integration
M 10/27 : Toby Daspit Guest Lecture / Songwriting Workshop
Due: Reading on reserve : "The Noisy Mix of Hip Hop Pedagogies," by Toby Daspit or found on the web at: http://www.media-culture.org.au/0104/hiphop.txt
DUE: Latest date to turn in: Synopsis of: Observation and Teacher Interview
Work on Group Unit Plans

W 10/ 29: Group Presentation: Music Integration
Due: Reading Ch. 11-12, Creating Meaning Through Literature & the Arts
Work on Integrated Unit Plans


(November)
WEEK 10: Dance Integration

M 11/3: Guest Lecture
Due: Work on Integrated Units

W 11/5: Group presentation: Dance
Due: Reading Ch. 9-10, Creating Meaning Through Literature & the Arts
Work on Integrated Units
F 11/7: Art Hop (Optional)


WEEK 11: Drama & Literature

M 11/10: Group presentation: Literature
DUE: Read Ch. 3-4, Creating Meaning Through Literature & the Arts
DUE: deadline for handing in first draft of lesson plan for Integrated Arts Teaching Assignment

W 11/12: Group Presentation: Drama /Story Dramatization / Role Drama
DUE: Read Ch. 7-8, Creating Meaning Through Literature & the Arts

WEEK 12: Integrating Curricular Units: Curriculum Integration / Interdisciplinary Concept Model
M 11/17:
Curriculum integration workshops
Due: Reading: in Coursepack: Jacobs, H.H. (Ed) (1989) Interdisciplinary curriculum: Design and Implementation. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Ch. 3 +5, Pp. 25-37, 53-65.
** Bring Coursepack to class

W 11/19: Integrated Thinking and Learning
Due: Reading: in Coursepack: Jacobs, H.H. (Ed) (1989) Interdisciplinary curriculum: Design and Implementation. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Ch. 6-7, Pp.67-95.

Skim: in coursepack: Burnaford, Aprill,Weiss (Editors). Renaissance in the Classroom: Arts Integration and Meaningful Learning. Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education, CAPE. Mahwah, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers, c. 2001. Pp. 201-244.
Due: Experience the Arts Assignment
** Bring Coursepack to class

WEEK 13: Integrating Curricular Units Development
M 11/24: Group meetings to work on presentations
W 11/26: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

(December)
WEEK 14: Presentations / Museums

M 12/1: Present Integrated Units and Final Projects
Due: Final Project: Integrated Units & Integrated Resource Book

W 12/3: Present Integrated Units and Final Projects
Due: Integrated Arts Teaching Assignment: Final Lesson Plan, Teacher & Self Evaluation
F 12/5: Art Hop (Optional)


Exam Times:

M/W 2-3:50: Wed. December 10th,: 2:45-4:45pm
M/W 4-5:50: Wed. December 10th: 5-7pm
M/W 7-8:50: Wed. December 10th: 7:15-9:15
DUE: Creative Culmination Project


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