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ACMS Art: 'Take a Walk in My Shoes'
Katie Campbell the Adair County Middle Schools Art teacher has become a master at challenging her students and developing their high order thinking skills in regards to creativity. - SHAMARIE
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By Shamarie Harper
In recent years there has been an ongoing educational debate about the validity of the Arts in our schools. During this period, teachers of the Arts have taken different approaches to prove the worth of their discipline. Some have created rigorous written curriculum, power points and terms, then a test, but the few and best have found a way to incorporate rigorous lessons with higher order thinking (which is about creativity at its core) to make developing students creativity the heart of their teaching style. When this is done successfully, it is a win-win for students and fellow staff. When a student learns to think and be creative it naturally flows into every area of their life, including other academic areas.
Katie Campbell the Adair County Middle Schools Art teacher has become a master at challenging her students and developing their high order thinking skills in regards to creativity. Our district is truly blessed to have Mrs. Campbell and her dedication to teaching skills which are relevant in every area of life, using what she loves most, which is Art.
The unit Mrs. Campbell's students just completed that caught not only my eye, but everyone's who has seen it, was entitled "Take a Walk in My Shoes". Mrs. Campbell very carefully crafted a wonderful unit where students learned terms such as symbolic, historical, cultural, and aesthetic but in connection to shoes. Such as for symbolic she used Dorothy's ruby slippers, historical students understood shoes worn at different times, cultural ideas were discussed like Chinese foot binding. Then of course, aesthetic which is styles and designs, or what pleases the eye.
Once students understood and grasped the core concepts Mrs. Campbell wanted them to understand, students where then challenged to turn a found object "a shoe" into a symbolic representation of themselves. After working through their ideas and creating a basic concept, students sketched their shoe. Students were required to create a theme from their lives and turn the shoe into something new that was about them. After all preliminary work was completed, students brought in their shoe and created their design with paint and other found objects.
After all the projects were completed classmates did a "Gallery Walk" in which they preformed peer critiques of each other's project. The students put a lot of heart and soul into these projects and I was truly impressed. Hope you all enjoy the quick "walk through" I have provided today. Personally, I think the students are the true winners having a teacher who allows their creativity to grown and challenges them in innovative, fun, creative ways. Once again, Adair Teachers Leading the Way!
Shamarie Harper is Media Coordinator for the Adair County School District, 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY.
This story was posted on 2016-05-11 09:11:59
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