TED talk: For Those in Need of a Mid-Winter Inspiration
As with any profession, every now and then we need a good shot of motivation to reflect and recharge ourselves. Sooner or later, self reflection is brought on by the freshness of a new day or situation. When we arrive at those moments of impasse and pause, ultimately, we have two choices: address the issues or not.
I have recently come across a video on TED that prompted a moment of pause. Jarrett Krosorczka is an author and illustrator of children’s books. In this TED talk, he shares his childhood experiences; which are, in fact, the makings of his career. As I took the time to watch this 18 minute video, I am once again reminded of the impact art education and educators can have on the lives of their students. This video might be a great resource to show at your next art team meeting or staff meeting, too!
Here are a number of points to consider when watching this video:
Art IS someone’s lifesaver.
Do you take time to know the stories of your students? How?
Do you have students use their stories in the development of their art?
Why is it important for children to connect themselves into their art?
Learn about the ARTIST, not just their art.
When was the last time you learned about a new artist and shared that with students?
Can you name at least five, significant living artists?
Why is it important for you and your students to learn something new?
Expose students to variety of EXPERIENCES.
Do all students in your classes do the same art projects?
If they do, how could you make a small change in this structure?
Why is it important for every child to make the same work of art or not?
Allow students to explore THEIR imagination.
Do your students have opportunities to independently investigate in your classroom?
What artistic opportunities are available outside of school in your community?
Why is it important to connect art beyond your classroom?
Share one of your reflections or answers to these questions with us in the comments section!
What did you think of the video? Isn’t it great?