Western Michigan University

ED 430: Creativity in the Classroom

Allison Downey


Prof. Downey
# O: 387-1820 / H: 388-7323 / C: 512-507-3494
allison.downey@wmich.edu
http://homepages.wmich.edu/~adowney

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

ED 430, 2pm :Spring 2004
Semester Outline:

(Subject to Change with adequate notice - check website for updates)

(January)
WEEK 1:

W 1/7: Welcome - Introductions and Ensemble Building

WEEK 2:
M 1/12: Why Integrate the Arts?

DUE:

W 1/14: Educational & Creativity Theories and the Arts / Intro. to Creativity Unit
DUE:

WEEK 3:
M 1/19: Dr. Martin Luther King Day - NO CLASS

W 1/21: Multiculturalism & the Arts
3:00-4:30 - Teaching About MLK, Jr. & the Civil Rights Mvmt.
(sponsored by College of Education, Dept. of English, Dept. of History)
Sangren Hall, Rm. 2304
2pm class - meet in classroom, 2107
4pm class - meet at the MLK presentation, Rm. 2304

DUE:

WEEK 4:
M 1/26: Sources : art & place
: Senegal, Africa
DUE: Read Learning By Heart " Sources & Structure" + 1 activity, bring to class

W 1/28: Structure: music & dance

DUE:

(February)
WEEK 5:
M 2/2:
"Connect and Create": music, dance & art
DUE:

Tu 2/3: * Optional: "The Long Ride Home" - Performance about the Underground Railroad at Woods Lake Elementary 9-9:45am (K-3); 10:15-11 (4th-6th)
contact Diane Eberts if interested.

* Optional: KIA auditorium - Pt.1 - documentary about teacher artist Tim Rollins & Kids of Survival (use of arts with kids placed at risk), 12:15-1pm

W 2/4: Instruments & Children's Literature
DUE:

WEEK 6:
M 2/9: Museum / Creative Culmination Presentations
DUE:

W 2/11: Wrap Up Creativity Unit / Focus on Arts Integration & Arts Partnerships
DUE:

WEEK 7:
M 2/16: Share Assigned Curriculum: Meet in Grade Level Teacher Teams and Art Groups
DUE:

W 2/18: Selecting & Assessing Themes for Interdisciplinary work
DUE:

WEEK 8:
M 2/23: Arts Groups in class Rehearsal

DUE: Hand in Arts Group plans for presentations / performances

W 2/25: KIA (Kalamazoo Institute of Arts) Museum Tour
Meet at 314 S. Park Street, Kalamazoo 49007, #349-7775
DUE:

2/27-3/7: SPRING BREAK - YAHOO!!

(March)
WEEK 9:
M 3/8 : Woods Lake Elementary Magnet Center for the Arts: School Visit

(Oakland Dr. / Parkview (Whites) - across from the D&W.)
2:15-2:45: Tour of school
(schedule subject to change as needed by teachers)
2:45-3:30: Classroom Visits: interview individual teachers and students
4:15-4:45: Attend Woods Lake Staff Meeting - interview grade level teams of teachers
4:45-5:30: Tour of school

DUE: Bring list of questions for teachers, considerations for observation, questions for students/activities...

W 3/10: KSO & Considerations in Unit Planning
DUE:

WEEK 10:
M 3/15: Music Integration: GroupPresentation
DUE:

W 3/17: Art Integration: Group Presentation
DUE:

*Sa 3/20: 2pm: "Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!" - Kalamazoo College, (Light Fine Arts Center)
Music & Movement Collaboration between 5 local elementary schools)
*Optional

WEEK 11:
M 3/22: Dance Integration: Group Presentation
DUE:

W 3/24: Drama Integration: Group Presentation
DUE:

WEEK 12:
M 3/29: Literature Integration: Group Presentation
DUE:

W 3/31: Toby Daspit Guest Lecture: Hip Hop & Media Literacy
DUE:

(April)
WEEK 13:
M 4/5: Assessment & Digital Storytelling (TBD)

DUE: Read: Coursepack: Renaissance in the Classroom: Pp.87-114; 233-244

W 4/7: Present Unit Lessons
DUE: Rough Draft of unit

WEEK 14:
M 4/12:
Present Unit Lessons
DUE: Final Project: Integrated Interdisciplinary Units

W 4/14: Culmination
DUE: Self Evaluation

Fr. 4/16: Integrated Creative Arts Symposium
Time: TBA


Exam Times:
2pm class: Wednesday, April 21st: 2:45-4:45pm
4pm class: Monday, April 19th: 5-7pm

 

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