Welcome to the second ArtEd Blogger's Network post!
This month we are discussing STEAM & Cross Curricular work in the art room!
I've been around awhile(aka...I'M OLD!)! As most educators know..."trends" come and go. Buzz words attach themselves to things that have always been...and will continue to be once that buzz word fades away. I feel STEAM is like this. Please hear me out!!!! STEAM is an awesome thing. I've seen its implementation bring back the arts to a school. I've seen STEAM allow for grant money to be awarded for its efforts & possibilities. I do believe STEAM is a good thing.
I believe in a well rounded art education. I believe that we as art educators have naturally brought in SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING, LITERATURE, SCIENCE, MATH, SOCIAL STUDIES...etc. We are by our very nature an all inclusive discipline. What would art be if not informed by the world within us & the world around us.
We must have a well developed philosophy of art education that is constantly evolving, but holding firm to the core values of who we are as art educators....and what we believe art education truly is. Does STEAM threaten my core values or force me to change who I am as an art educator? NO! So really...I have no problem with STEAM. I just want to make sure we don't get swept up in the "movement", and forget who we have always been as art educators. If it causes me to reevaluate what I do in my classroom & to consider new and exciting ideas......AWESOME! We all need a jolt from time to time to make sure no dust has settled on us.
IF YOU STEAM....STEAM WITH ALL YOU ARE & KEEP THE ART FRONT & CENTER.
IF YOU DON'T STEAM....MAKE SURE YOU ARE TRULY INTEGRATING PRIOR KNOWLEDGE & STUDENT EXPERIENCE INTO YOUR LESSONS!!
This month, The Art Ed Blogger's Network is writing about STEAM/Art Integration. Join us on the first Tuesday each month for new projects, ideas, and inspiration.
Participating Art Teacher Blogs
- Art Class Curator
- Art Ed Guru
- Art is Basic
- Art Room Blog
- Art with Mr. E
- Arte a Scoula
- Artful Artsy Amy
- Brava Art Press
- Capitol of Creativity
- Create Art with ME
- Mr. Calvert's Art Room Happenings
- Mrs. Boudreaux's Amazing Art Room
- Mrs. T's Art Room
- Party in the Art Room
- shine brite zamorano
- Tales from the Traveling Art Teacher
- There's a Dragon in my Art Room