I want to appreciate all members of CME that took their time to read all the lectures so far. I appreciate you all. The lecture links will be sent to your mails before the end of the day.
I also want to welcome all new members from all over the world to creative minded educators platform (CME)
We have 12 CME PLATFORMS for teachers and 6 PLATFORMS FOR JOB VACANCIES

EVERY SUNDAY 6PM we invite leaders in education to this groups to add more to our knowledge, you can invite your friends and colleagues as we aim to end this year with 50 CME PLATFORMS.

Please lets endeavor to fill the membership forms as the grouping of platforms into our specializations will start in July 2017

 

TODAY WE WIL BE ENDING THE PRE-RESUMPTION LECTURE WITH THE TOPIC- THE ARTS AND THE 21ST CENTURY TEACHERS

I remember I once said on this platform that when we were young nobody taught us how to make a boat, kite. We learnt them at school from our peers.TO CONVERT MATERIALS INTO A RECOGNIZABLE SHAPE IS NOW A CHALLENGE TO MANY 21ST CENTURY NIGERIAN CHILD.
THIS CHALLENGE CAN EASILY BE TRACED TO INADEQUATE ENGAGEMENT OF LEARNERS IN PRACTICAL ACTIVITIES WHICH BRINGS CONCEPTS/SUBJECT TO REALITY.
The arts are called the real learning; the question is now how do we engage students in our care in this REAL LEARNING?
Because I worry that REAL LEARNING is disappearing from too many classrooms. Art seems to have lost its place in the curriculum. And in some school environment it is viewed as EXTRAS. there is a strange focus on core subjects like READING, WRITING, MATH AND SCIENCES.
Maybe is because of the current emphasis on standardization and high stakes testing,
Unfortunately, a typical classroom teaches primarily to VISUAL AND AUDITORY learners while leaving others by the wayside. Effective use of art in the classroom can bridge learning across all of the multiple intelligences and this can benefit all types of learners.
BUT FOR NOW THAT THE MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES TEND TO BE NEGLECTED IN A TYPICAL AFRICAN CLASS. The Linguistic and visual learners tend to be the students that thrive best in a traditional classroom environment. If curricula only address those two intelligences a great percentage of students are placed at a disadvantage in Nigeria. And will we produce less and may not be able to compete in the global world and innovative society
maybe because we don’t know that when the art is lost in the curriculum, it tends to DISSERVICE a child emotionally and cognitively.

TO END OUR ONE WEEK PRE-RESUMPTION LECTURES I WILL BE DISCUSSING THE POTENTIAL OF ARTS INFUSION IN THE CURRICULUM AND HOW IT MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY STUDENT,
The needs for visual literacy, social collaboration, problem-solving skills, and moral development is what they are talking about now in the 21st century education
The 21st century children needs capabilities that enable them to encode visual concepts through creating art and to decode meaning by responding to societys images, ideas, and media which permeate our increasingly complex world,
Art integration is that solution is a rich and complex approach to teaching and learning that not only aligns with new initiatives in education that prioritize conceptual and procedural skills but could also contribute to educations transformation.
Art integrationwhich brings to teaching and learning the benefits of artistic thinking, process, and creativity.

 

This approach to teaching also call for students to work in teams, use their background knowledge of contexts of various subject knowledge, and to develop multiple solutions for real-life problems in ways that require both analysis and synthesis
SO WHAT IS ARTS INTEGRATION:
Arts integration is a curricular method based on inquiry that allows students to explore the content and concepts from all disciplines through art processes in ways that connect art to real life issues and ideas (Marshall, 2010).
This approach to teaching is grounded in the belief that learning is actively built, experiential, evolving, collaborative, problem-solving, and reflective.
It also creates a level of personal connection, as well as an appreciation for different learning styles.

Art infusion is the use of project-based learning to address community problems or issues; thematic instruction; the use of multiple intelligences;
the transfer of knowledge across artistic and non-artistic disciplines;
and the use of arts to enhance the study of academic disciplines;

Because the arts promote advanced, hands-on engagement, personal reflection, critical thinking and ties to social and global issues, they are a natural method for helping students to see the big picture and to use questions as a path to learning.
Top brain researchers say that the more we incorporate things like movement, drawing, painting, music and emotions, the better children learn and the better they retain what they learn.
THE GOALS OF THE ART INFUSION PROGRAM E enjoyment
E engagement
E enthusiastic for learning
At the most basic level, art activity make school more motivating and attractive
Children who have an environment in which to express themselves through art and play will likely be happy in school and develop positive attitudes toward the subject matter

with art, children are able to communicate without having to be very proficient writers. If they can successfully communicate something through art they will be more inclined to want to learn how to communicate that same message through writing. Art stimulates their minds and encourages them.

SO WHY IS THE ARTS CURRICULUM AN EFFECTIVE CURRICULUM?
a) integrations allow students to use their hands, bodies, and voices in meaningful ways
b) making art allows choices about how to interact with content
c) integrations are social events
d) it engage the bodily kinesthetic learners.
e) It also helps encourage memory retention. When students perform in the classroom. not only are they developing physically. but they are also increasing the chance that they will remember and learn more effectively.
f) integrations allow for multiple perspectives
g) integrations help create a safe atmosphere for taking risks
h) integrations demonstrate that learning can be a pleasurable experience
i) it helps for Understanding of physical and chemical properties of substances (science)
j) it helps in Applying of mathematical concepts such as line, shape, and space (mathematics)
k) it helps in Understanding of ways in which social and cultural values are defined and expressed throughout history (social studies).
and l) the arts and regular curriculum naturally complement each other.

 

All these art activities can serve as a bridge to understanding for students: in addition it has the potential to act as therapy for students with emotional issues. During early development. students who have difficulty verbalizing ideas can use art as an alternative way to express themselves.

In conclusion,
Note, we are not preparing the children to be an artist with this approach but TO ENABLE THEM PASS THROUGH THE CREATIVE PROCESS.
For me ART is part of 21st Century Learning Skills and schools need to integrate this art to the curriculum to engage their students in creating new paths to learning while connecting concepts across subject matters.
By basing lessons around enduring ideas found in arts content, your school help students to make sense of the world around them in ways that apply to their learning of concepts.
When school faculties and administrative leadership work together through partnerships towards this vision of art integration that is what I call REAL LEARNING NOT LA CREAM LA POO