One might think that after teaching art at 葡京赌场平台 since the school's opening in the fall of 1982, 凯伦Rossbach would be content to rest on her laurels, content 与 a curriculum that is established and well-rehearsed. 事实上, as her own artistic passions expand, she is constantly retooling her classes in order to pass along new 知识 to her students K–12.
"Learning new things and exploring new ideas is exciting for an artistic person because that is creativity in a nutshell. 这就是葡京线上赌博大全教艺术的原因, because it allows us to continue to change, 成长, 和有创造力,”她说. Her most recent advance is the addition of a digital art class, 数字媒介, that combines students' inherent and learned creativity 与 技术 in new and exciting ways. After continuing professional development through the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Karen was ready to share her newfound 知识 与 her students.
"Part of the reason I wanted to teach this class is because I get to keep learning. There are things the kids know that I don't know, and that's a vulnerable position to be in as a teacher. 在某些方面, 我正在赶上, but in some ways I have 知识 that they don't have because of how I use 技术 and the perspective I bring to the conversation,“凯伦共享.
数字媒介 allows students who are digitally inclined to integrate art techniques and graphic software in order to create art in ways that fit 与 MPA's 技术 goals, 发展他们的创造力, 知识, 学习其他课程. "They are using these skills on projects in ways I never imagined. They now have more options available to them for an English project, 例如, as they know how to utilize other mediums to express their 知识. I see their confidence as makers continue to expand."
Making cross-curricular connections is easy for Karen. "I have always seen art as integral to other subject areas—it's another medium in terms of expression. In this case, because it is digital, we are able to combine subjects very easily. Students working on tessellations in math can bring one into the painting program to enhance it or into an animation program to animate it. In life, that's what students need to know how to do. They need to make connections using the breadth of their 知识."
One of her favorite cross-curricular examples in Lower School is the Parade of States project, a collaboration between homeroom, 技术, 图书馆, 视觉艺术, 和音乐教师. 分配一个状态, 每个学生的研究, 写, 执行, and curates an exhibit as they share their state 与 classmates and guests. Learning is not confined to one classroom, but rather expansive because of this intense, intentional collaboration of subjects.
"I find that the students who have the most difficulty 与 the linear aspects of learning come to my class and have the most success. I love that the commitment to teaching the whole child, 从一开始, has remained of utmost importance here at MPA. Each child can find a place to be successful because we offer each child a place to shine,“凯伦共享.
Helping our community understand how true MPA is to its founding principles is important to our school's history as well as to founding faculty members like Karen.
"We met all summer long, here in the backyard of the school, by the 图书馆. None of us knew if we would have a job in the fall, but we all had passion for this school. We opened our doors to 104 students. I believed in the school's philosophy then and I believe in it today. How we work 与 each other, 葡京线上赌博大全是怎么对待孩子的, and the freedoms we have to be creative … all of that has kept me here."
Students benefit every day from the passion, 知识, and creativity Karen continues to expand here at MPA.