A.I.M.'S CORE PROGRAMS
Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) A.I.M. offers programs in which pre-service teachers and career teachers have access to many applied arts learning and teaching opportunities in Menomonie's schools, university, and community. A.I.M.'s core programs share this approach:
Teachers EXPLORE various art forms in collaborative learning and teaching experiences.
Teachers can then TRANSFER those arts skills by integrating them into their teaching practices and curriculum independently with students.
Teachers REFLECT on the impact of the arts integration teaching experience(s) on their competence, confidence, and well-being (happiness).
Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers (P.A.I.N.T.) brings university, school, and community programs together around teaching and the arts to provide authentic teaching practicums using arts integration. A learning community of Art Education and Early Childhood Education students from the University of Wisconsin-Stout collaborate in paid internships to teach arts-based community classes. PAINT interns increase their teaching capacity and confidence while they gain experience, skills, and enjoyment from teaching in an arts-infused classroom setting.
The "Co-Teaching in and through the Arts" (C.I.T.A.) program inspires elementary teachers of the Menomonie School District to explore their instructional practices in new ways, using the arts to engage students in learning. The teacher does this in collaboration (co-teaching) with a teaching artist. Working with the artist independently in their classroom or in a group workshop, teachers learn a creative skill set and are inspired to integrate the arts into their curriculum on their own. By teaching in and through the arts, the teacher will enhance their abilities to reach and teach students; build confidence in their teaching; and experience greater joy in teaching.
Mindfulness is an important component of A.I.M. in supporting teacher well-being. The demands of today's classrooms continue to increase, as teachers are faced with more expectations and fewer resources. While mindfulness doesn’t reduce the demands of teaching, it provides tools to manage stress and see clearly in the present moment to support problem solving and emotion regulation. Mindfulness can help teachers weather the joys and challenges of teaching, reducing burnout and emotional exhaustion.