The artists and staff at ArtsConnection have engaged in inquiries for well over a decade into the nature of teaching and learning in the arts and their influence on other areas of learning. Most of our practitioner research has focused on dance, theater, and their influence on literacy and language acquisition, especially among English-language learners. […]
Fourth grade students in Chris Heller’s theater residency at PS 239q devise scenes based on The Private Notebook of Katie Roberts, Age 11, a text from the curriculum. Throughout the process students share their scenes and give each other feedback. Feedback is charted to help students remember and apply feedback. Follow one student, Noel, as […]
Using a rubric for theater, teaching artist Jenny Campbell leads students in Ms. Wong’s class at PS 163Q through the process of creating scenes in small groups that take place in a vehicle. The students use the rubric to assess their progress and to assess and give feedback to their peers during presentation and performance. […]
Teaching Artist, Erin Orr, establishes clear criteria for making a successful shadow puppet show. A group of students rehearse their show, Frida Kahlo Museum, for the first time. Their classmates give them compliments and helpful suggestions to make their show even better the next time.
In silence, Sarah Provost and her assistant, Kate Brehm, demonstrate the technique of making large-scale papier mâché puppets. Students observe, and then give voice to the artistic process.
Midway through their Theater Residency, Eric Mark Olson’s 5th grade students rehearse and perform scripted monologues. Each student receives feedback from a small group of peers, and is able to improve his or her monologue performance.
Erin Orr’s 3rd grade puppetry students are rehearsing a shadow puppet show in front of their classmates, who have been asked to observe and give feedback. One student suggests that the performers make their show more surprising. This inspires Erin Orr to ask each student to perform their line of narration in a new way.
Students in Carol and Colin’s class have begun to choreograph dance pieces, midway through their dance residency with teaching artists Kim Grier and Nami Kagami. In this video, one group shares and receives feedback for the first time from their peers and a teacher. We see the dance again two weeks later, influenced by the […]
Dance Artist Mei-Yin Ng is teaching a traditional Chinese ribbon dance, and at the same time lays the groundwork for practicing peer feedback. Ms. Hunt’s 4th grade students work in partners to observe each other and then give verbal feedback.
The students in Ms. Meza’s 5th grade class are working in small groups and applying papier mâché to create their parade puppets. Teaching Artist, Sarah Provost, guides the students to give each other feedback as part of the art-making process.