the research project



the research says

The most important factor in a child’s education is his/her teacher.* 

Early career teacher Tanya Staatz and her kindergarten students sing a song about Earth Day.

Early career teacher Tanya Staatz and her kindergarten students sing a song about Earth Day.

THE PROBLEM

The national statistic is that we lose nearly 50% of teachers before the end of their fifth year.  Presently, there is a significant national teacher shortage.** 

THE proposed SOLUTION

A.I.M. believes that we can improve teacher competence, confidence, and well-being, and thereby retain teachers in education, by training and inspiring teachers to use the arts in their instructional practices and to use mindfulness as a personal practice.

 

Pre-service teacher Olivia Revolinski gains additional hands-on experience through community art teaching internships.

Pre-service teacher Olivia Revolinski gains additional hands-on experience through community art teaching internships.


WE KNOW: 

Learning in and through the arts impacts learners so much as they experience enhanced performance, confidence, and well-being. As a result, more learners want to come to school and stay in school.
  

WE WANT TO KNOW (THE HYPOTHESIS): 

Teaching in and through the arts impacts teachers so much as they experience enhanced performance, confidence, and well-being.  As a result, more people want to become teachers and stay teachers.
 


    DEFINED

    Arts Integration is:

    • An approach to teaching in which students construct and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process, which connects an art form and another subject area and meets evolving objectives in both.
       -Defining Arts Integration by Lynne B. Silverstein and Sean Layne, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Co-Teaching is:

    • Two or more teachers working together with groups of students; sharing the planning, organization, delivery, and assessment of instruction, as well as the physical space (Bacharach, Heck & Dank, 2004).

    A pre-service teacher is:

    • A student who is studying and practicing to become a teacher.

    A Teaching Artist is:

    • An accomplished artist in his/her field.
    • Experienced in teaching practices that include planning, communicating, instructing, collaborating, and engaging young people in learning. 
    Teaching artist Kris Winter and preschool teacher Marcia Wolf integrate storytelling into the preschool curriculum at UW-Stout's Child and Family Study Center.

    Teaching artist Kris Winter and preschool teacher Marcia Wolf integrate storytelling into the preschool curriculum at UW-Stout's Child and Family Study Center.


    BENEFITS

    BENEFITS OF ARTS INTEGRATION

    • Arts integration schools are outperforming conventional arts or traditional “academic” schools.
    • Students in arts integration environments experience self-expression, creativity, problem solving, self-confidence, and motivation, as they develop skills and habits of mind that will be needed in future careers.
    • Using an arts integration teaching approach fosters engagement and interest in learning by students, increasing attendance and reducing behavioral problems in the classroom, thus making the teaching and learning experience more positive.
    • Teachers who engage in arts integration will have more tools to use to deliver their curriculum and engage students actively in learning, thus making teachers more competent and confident in their teaching abilities.

    BENEFITS OF APPLIED and collaborative LEARNING

    • Pre-service teachers who have access to more opportunities to practice teaching, to observe others teaching, to reflect on their experiences, and to receive feedback on their teaching will have a smoother induction to the teaching profession.
    • Teachers who work collaboratively and have regular supportive communication with colleagues and administrators are more likely to stay in the profession.

    3rd grade teacher Lisa Jasper and student share a smile as they wear their character berets.

    3rd grade teacher Lisa Jasper and student share a smile as they wear their character berets.

    REFERENCES

    * https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20141108135615-141964205-the-single-most-important-factor-in-improving-education-great-teachers
    * http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/what-makes-a-great-teacher/
    * http://www.rand.org/education/projects/measuring-teacher-effectiveness/teachers-matter.html
    ** http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/05/16/kappan_ingersoll.h31.html  (Ingersoll, 2003; Ingersoll & Perda, in press)
    ** http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/11909401/Half-of-teachers-could-leave-the-profession-in-two-years.html