Just before I go on vacation I had the chance to work with the teachers on the Sheldon Statewide project. The teachers who showed up were fantastic to work with. Ideas flowed and I am interested in seeing the lessons in action. This year I hope we can actually video classrooms in action and record teacher thoughts immediately after they engage with arts integration. The idea is to get as close as possible to the action without being in anybody's way.
At the same time I was looking around the room and observed how essential the conversations between content teachers and art teachers were. What we tend to forget is that we speak very different languages and have a very different view of the classroom. In many ways we do not see the same kids as some of our students act very differently in the art room and the classroom. For us to be able to make integration work in our schools we must make these partnerships more permanent. The effort of understanding each others language and emotion will pay off only if we continue interacting.
If you have any ideas about sustaining collaboration I'd love to her about it.
The blog will be back the last week of August- ready to start another year of arts integration.