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1 Meaningful Professional Development and Innovative Teaching Strategies Britta Culbertson Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow Washington, DC, USA

2 Who am I? High school teacher in 9 th and 10 th integrated science and visual arts 10 years of classroom experience Taught for 8 years at an arts- integrated high school in Seattle, WA Currently serving as an Einstein Fellow at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC

3 What do I do at NOAA? Give presentations at NSTA, work at NOAA booth in exhibit hall Science on a Sphere (SOS) curriculum, teacher professional development, help organize network meeting Review space weather poster and curriculum Collect government resources for APES And more!

4 Meaningful Professional Development

5 India Summer Teacher Program Short-term, exchange opportunity for U.S. HS teachers of English, Mathematics and Science Collaborate and team-teach in your subject area with an Indian counterpart in a school in Kolkata Medium of instruction is English U.S. and Indian educators to work together on issues of mutual interest to their communities, schools and students

6 India Summer Program KV Rangpuri, New Delhi

7 Eligibility: U.S. citizen, full-time employee in a U.S. school Minimum of 3 years teaching experience (at time of application) High school teacher of English, Math or Science Details: Length: ~5 weeks including orientation in Washington, DC Price: Grant includes airfare, per diem, accommodations, and shipping stipend for materials This year’s timeline: Application opens in fall, application deadline: January 7, 2013 Selection: February-April D.C. Orientation: June 27-28, India: June 30-August 4 Website: India Summer Teacher Program

8 Other PD Opportunities that Have Shaped My Teaching Toyota International Teachers Program in the Galapagos Local PD at NW Association for Biomedical Research – Bioinformatics in Seattle Worked on Powers of Minus Ten App

9 Innovative Teaching Strategies What skills do scientists need?

10 Scientist’s Habits of Mind Museum of Paleontology (UC Berkeley) NSF Funded Project called “Understanding Science” (2012) Question what you observe Investigate further Be skeptical Try to refute your own ideas Seek out more evidence Be open-minded Think creatively

11 Harvard’s Project Zero presents the following eight artist’s habits of mind (2003): Develop Craft Engage and Persist Envision Express Observe Reflect Stretch and Explore Understand Art World What are Artist Habits of Mind?

12 Research Supports Arts Integration DeMoss and Morris (2002) discovered that arts-integrated lessons compared to non-integrated lessons promoted: intrinsic motivation learning for understanding greater problem solving opportunities for students

13 Use Art To Articulate Science Concepts #1

14 Use Art To Articulate Science Concepts Botanical illustrations Physics of balance - mobiles Design a species Comic strips Illustrated timelines and flowcharts Analogy projects Children’s stories Illustrated field guides Theater, vignettes, tableau Infographics

15 Botanical Illustration (and Invention)

16 Alexander Calder Inspired Mobiles m 1 d 1 =m 2 d 2

17 Design a Species with Adaptations

18 Newton’s Laws In comic strip form

19 Illustrated Flow Charts

20 Cell City Analogy Students used favorite pop culture topics to create analogies (e.g. LOST and Harry Potter’s Marauder’s Map)

21 Cell Factory Drawing Fritz Kahn – Man as Industrial Palace

22 Translate Complex Ideas into Children’s Stories

23 Project-Based Learning: Field Guide Development

24 Galapagos Vignettes

25 Student defined roles and student created props

26 Creating Infographics Rachel Zupke’s students created infographics in Chemistry class on various topics with help from Kelsey King (a guest graphic designer) and Suzi Tucker (chemist, graphic designer and set designer) Photos courtesy of Rachel Zupke, The Center School

27 Infographics: Final Product Images courtesy of Rachel Zupke, The Center School

28 Online Infographic Generators Infographic found on FREE!

29 Bring Science into the Art Classroom #2

30 Bring Science into the Art Classroom Anatomical drawings Drawings from microscope images Investigate artists’ depictions scientific topics and environmental messages

31 The Science Skeleton Visits Art Class

32 Creating Abstract Art from Magnified Images

33 Japanese Woodblock Prints of Cells Guest Artist: Francesca Lohmann

34 Use Art to Communicate About the Environment

35 Deconstruct and recreate through trial and error #3

36 Deconstruct and Recreate Through Trial and Error Use the design process to build a sculpture or mechanical object Create something from scratch – original ideas Create an emulation – work through the design process to recreate a piece – Find inspiration from TED talks, Pinterest, Blogs, museum sites

37 A student was inspired by a TED talk and built his own beast using trial and error Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests

38 Emulation Van Gogh, Starry Night

39 Collaborate to Create an Artful and Innovative Lesson #4

40 Collaborate with an Arts Instructor, Another Teacher, or a Guest to Create an Artful and Innovative Lesson Art teacher teaches the techniques, science teacher provides content Can collaborate with the art teacher or a guest artist Have the art teacher teach the skill and use art students to teach your students

41 Arctic Information Poster Project: Reference Material Kenojuak Ashevak Theresa McFarland Mitzie Testani US Office of War, 1943

42 Trompe L’Oeil Sidewalk Art Teachers Wyn Pottinger-Levy and Nathan Chipps used art in math by using the principles of geometry to create perspective drawings

43 Bonus: Integrate Science, Art, and Technology Bring in experts! My students worked with visualization expert Laura Lynn Gonzalez in the development of the app “Powers of Minus Ten” They were introduced to a career possibility in the process!

44 Challenges

45 “But I can’t draw” Collage from magazines Use Photoshop or clip-art Cut construction paper shapes Use word processor to print words Have student propose an alternative

46 How Do You Assess Art?

47 Arts Integration Research "Artist Habits of Mind." Minneapolis Public Schools (host Site): Artist Habits of Mind. Project Zero of Harvard University, 2003. Web. 04 Feb. 2013.. DeMoss, K. & Morris, T. (2002). How arts integration supports student learning: Students shed light on the connections. Chicago, IL: Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE). Grotzer, T.A. (1996). Math/Science matters: Issues of instructional technique in math and science learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Project on Schooling and Children, Exxon Education Foundation. [Essay #1: Learning the Habits of Mind that Enable Mathematical and Scientific Behavior]. Stevenson, L. & Deasy, R.J. (2005). Third Space: When Learning Matters. Washington, DC: Arts Education Partnership. Tishman, S., Jay, E. & Perkins, D.N. (1992). Teaching thinking dispositions: From transmission to enculturation. Theory into Practice, 32(3), 147-153. Winner, E., Hetland, L. Veenema, S., Sheridan, K., Palmer, P., Locher, I. et al. (2006). Studio thinking: How visual arts teaching can promote disciplined habits of mind. New directions in aesthetics, creativity, and the arts, 189-205.

48 Thanks for coming! Please contact me with any questions!

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