At my school this morning, a teacher presented a report on the recent ‘Artist in Residence’ event. We call this type of short presentation a TWEET (This Weeks Educationally Excellent Tip). The presentation takes only 2 to 3 minutes and starts us off for the week with an educational idea for all Secondary School teachers before we get down to the administrative items which typically dominates our start-of-week briefing.
This morning was an excellent example of blood-less brain surgery. In the experiences that the Art Faculty employed for their students they took the students from learning about art and media to ‘thinking like an artist’ and gave the students the experience of ‘being an artist’. This does not mean that all the students who responded well to the visiting artist will become professional artists or even amateur hobby artists, but that students were exposed to the authentic state of thinking and feeling that artists experience.
We should be exposing all our students to this sort of immersive experience within all subjects.
|So our students don’t just learn||Mathematics||
But also they experience what it is like to be a –
|Mathematician, Problem Solver, Financier, Analyst, Statistician, Operations Researcher, Actuary, Bio-mathematician, Computer Scientist, Designer (Graphics, Textiles, Industrial) …|
|Food Tech||Chef, Hotel Manager, Catering Manager, Food Technologist, Supply Manager, Food Scientist …|
|History||Historian, Social Scientist, Archaeologist, Political Scientist, Journalist, Politician|
|Chinese||Native Chinese Speaker, Interpreter, Cultural Adviser, Political Analyst, Social Scientist, Foreign Student, International Traveler, Journalist, Translator …|
|English||Writer, Critic, Journalist, Poet, Author, and practically every other role listed here ! …|
|Legal Studies / Economics / Business||Lawyer, Social Scientist, Journalist, Politician, Business Manager, Administrator, Economist, Management Consultant, Insurance, Financial Planner, Product Designer, Logistician, Business Consultant, Bank Manager, Financial Adviser, Small Business Owner, Politician, Tax Agent …|
|Science||Physicist, Biologist, Chemist, Vet, Engineer, Technician, Astronomer, Resource Manager, Safety Officer, Medical Doctor …|
|Film Making||Film Maker, Director, Set Designer, Camera Operator, Sound Engineer, Editor …|
|Physical Education||Athlete, Coach, Sporting Manager, Nutritionist, Sports Psychologist, Activities Management, Physiotherapist, Fitness Instructor, Team Management, Motivational Coach …|
|Geography||Geographer, Cartographer, Environmental Planner, Disaster Recovery Manager, Resource Manager …|
|Music||Musician, Performer, Song Writer, Producer, Sound Engineer, Composer, Event Coordinator …|
|Design Technology||Material Scientist, Trades Person, Crafts, Supplies Manager, Toolmaker, Industrial Scientist, Graphic Designer, Fabricator, Designer …|
|Drama||Actor, Script Writer, Drama Critic, Choreographer, Entertainment Manager …|
|Art||Painter, Sculpture, Multimedia Artist, Designer, Ceramicist, Art Critic, Art Historian, Social Historian …|
This example fits in nicely with the work we have been doing as a staff on Feedback (Hattie) and the Habits of Mind.