A.I.M.'S CORE PROGRAMS
Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) offers programs in which pre-service and career teachers have access to hand-on arts learning and teaching opportunities in Menomonie's schools, university, and community. As a focal point for interaction and capacity building, the arts offer new models and modes of teaching via co-creation with students. Collaborative by design, A.I.M.’s C.I.T.A. and P.A.I.N.T. programs offer creative explorations of the arts and teaching through which new and veteran teachers embrace risk taking as an avenue for growth and understanding. Mindfulness
EXPLORe - INTEGRATE - REFLECT
The first part of learning is discovery, and learning to teach is no different. A.I.M. teachers discover the artists and teachers within themselves through programs that involve exploration, integration, and reflection.
Teachers EXPLORE making and performing through artful creation with support. Experiential designing, making and/or performing opportunities expand teachers’ capacity to use (and teach) the arts.
Pre-service teachers EXPLORE teaching through added practicum experiences with students. Observing experienced teachers, practice-teaching lessons and methods, writing lesson plans, receiving feedback; and reflecting on their professional growth significantly impacts an emerging teacher’s perception of what it means to be a teacher.
Teachers and pre-service teachers EXPLORE mindfulness practices to support personal well-being amidst the social, emotional, and cognitive demands of teaching. Training for mindful awareness, stress reduction, and emotion regulation aims at increasing teacher wellness which ultimately has implications on the emotional climate of their classrooms.
Teachers INTEGRATE the arts as a process and product by which students can demonstrate understanding of a subject. Teachers connect an art skill to a specific curriculum area that they already teach, where students learn about both the subject area and the art form.
Teachers INTEGRATE skills of mindfulness of the breath, sound into their daily lives and into their classroom practices as a means to manage stress, regulate emotion, and promote a positive classroom environment.
Teachers REFLECT on the impact of their arts, teaching, and mindfulness experiences in relation to their development as teachers. Through A.I.M.’s programs, new and emerging teachers analyze their competence, confidence, and well-being in the process of becoming a teacher and take ownership in shaping their experience.
"Co-Teaching in and through the Arts" (C.I.T.A.) is the core program of the Menomonie School District, focused primarily on:
ARTS INTEGRATION skill building
for early career teachers
,C.I.T.A. aims to inspire 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, the teacher learns a basic skill set in an art area and is shown how 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.
Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers (P.A.I.N.T.) is the core program of UW-Stout, focused primarily on:
HANDS-ON TEACHING practice
for pre-service teachers
P.A.I.N.T. connects the university to school and community organizations to provide authentic teaching practicums around an exploration of arts learning. Education students at UW-Stout earn paid internships to teach arts-based classes in the local community and on campus, provided with mentoring and support. PAINT interns grow their teaching capacity and confidence through reflective practice.
… and Breathe
While not a program in and of itself, mindfulness is an important component of A.I.M. focused primarily on:
for ALL EDUCATORS
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.