Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Relevant Workshop: Learning Through the Arts in Higher Education


While it's arguable that all teaching workshops are relevant to the GTC, Learning through the Arts in Higher Education is particularly so considering our discussion about Interdisciplinary learning yesterday. Because this upcoming workshop (it's on Thursday, folks) is being facilitated on by some fellow TA Consultants (Mara, Richard and Jorge), I had the privilege of getting a sneak preview of what they have in store for you. And let me say this, it's going to be really good! As long as my schedule allows, I will be there. I've posted the advertisement below. Also, stay tuned to the blog for a brief recap of what we talked about in the highly attended "Interdisciplinary Education" meeting yesterday, it should show up here in a day or so.

Learning through the Arts in Higher Education

Thursday, Feb. 11

4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. | Teaching Resources Center, 25 Wellman

Do you wonder why your students are always looking gloomy in class and their best part of your class is when it is time to leave? Do not worry! Hope is in sight! Learning through the Arts in Higher Education could be an innovating, non-conventional and contemporary approach to teaching. You can bring some life into the classroom by improving your teaching techniques through the arts. No registration necessary. For more information about this workshop please contact Sharada Balachandran Orihuela at sbalacha@ucdavis.edu. Sponsored by the Teaching Resources Center.

Mission Statement

As students in higher education progress through school and through life, “the visual and performing arts not only provide avenues for creative expression, but also assist in the fashioning of cognitive tools and the enhancing of interpersonal understanding. Drama, music, dance, visual and digital art, help bridge differences among academic disciplines, cultures, and generations. The sense of wonder engendered by the arts encourages wide-ranging interests that may support more systematic inquiry” throughout the students’ academic careers and life. The purpose of our workshop Learning through the Arts in Higher Education is to create new strategies for Teaching Assistants to actively engage students in the learning process, stimulate students to expand the scope of academic thinking and increase the possibilities for a more interactive and diverse way of learning and living.

Resources

1. Teaching Through the Arts. November 28, 2009.
http://teachingthroughthearts.blogspot.com/

2. Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks Current Curriculum Frameworks. Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. November 28, 2009. http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html

3. Massachusetts Mathematics Curriculum Framework. November 2000. November 28, 2009. http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/math/2000/final.pdf

4. Brouillette, Liane. Significant New Study Affirms Life-Changing Impact of Intensive, Long-term Arts Involvement. Journal for Learning through the Arts. 5 (1) http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4zh403s0

5. Center for Learning through the Arts and Technology. University of California, Irvine. November 28, 2009. http://www.clta.uci.edu/

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