Super #ArtsEd teachers gather from around the country for the convention. Through the seminars, presentations, and discussions the these teachers inspire me to constantly learn, improve, and bring new learning opportunities into my classroom. It is a wonderful experience to be able to hear, see, and learn about the innovative lessons being shared around our country. New trends in art education are constantly in development, for example art teachers are embracing new technologies, the STEM to STEAM movement, new Assessment Strategies, and the Choice Based Classroom model. I appreciate all the educators who took time to prepare and share their classroom strategies and lessons!
PLN is my online personal learning network of #artsed teachers. It is inspiring to finally get to meet so many of them in person, some for the first time. Together online we share our knowledge, questions, concerns, celebrations, needs, and create friendships. On a daily basis I can support other art teachers by voting for their students in a contest (Janine Campbell's students in Michigan are currently needing our votes!), offer suggestions of technology that might help get a task done, or be supportive. The true reward is the comfort in having an amazing group of educators, that I call friends to reach out to with questions or ideas. They inspire me to continually strive to be a better educator.
Artists are usually a wonderful source of excitement and enlightenment during the national convention. NAEA has presented great artists to speak in previous conventions and this year was not a disappointment. During NAEA14 we had the opportunity to listen and gain insight into how artists are inspired in their own art work. I enjoyed the opportunity to hear Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Deborah Butterfield speak, they are both inspiring artists and women!
Resources from convention range from websites, handouts, vendor booths and take-away items. The NAEA app is a great resource with downloadable handouts from workshops. Even if you were not able to attend the convention you can download the app and find shared documents. The vendor booths also offer a chance to try out new products and see sample lesson ideas. I enjoy getting to take home a sample to see how I can use it in my own classroom. I had so many resources I had to make a trip to the post office to ship things home!
"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes." ~ Peter Drucker
The convention gives us the opportunity to improve our understanding of the ever changing art world, challenge our preexisting ideas or ways of teaching and encourages us to grow as an educator. We expect our students to listen, be attentive and take knowledge away from our classes, we must do the same for our profession. Challenge yourself to grow as an educator this spring. While the new green sprouts from the earth we must find those little changes we can start to make in our classroom to rejuvenate the learning environment.
To see all the great tweets from folks sharing their inspiring moments from conference I have created a tagboard of all things #NAEA14:#NAEA14 TAGBOARD
You are sure to find a few jewels of great information!