About the CourseIntended for teachers (Grades 4-12) from all disciplines, this course will introduce ways to integrate works of art into your classroom by using inquiry-based teaching methods commonly used in museum settings. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to create meaningful object-based learning activities that can be integrated into a wide variety of curricula. We'll explore strategies that emphasize literacy, critical thinking skills and that connect across disciplines. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallels the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments.
Week One: Introduction to Inquiry | Why Engage in Inquiry Around Art?
Week Two: Close Looking and Open-Ended Inquiry
Week Three: Activities as Inquiry
Week Four: Putting It All Together | Connections To Curriculum
Recommended BackgroundAn interest in teaching with objects and discovering effective ways to engage primary and secondary students in inquiry-based learning.
Suggested ReadingsSuggested readings include reviewing materials on the MoMA site: www.moma.org/momalearning
Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?
Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning
Course FormatCourse content will include videos, slide shows, readings, discussion forums, peer-to-peer learning exercises and evaluation activities.
FAQWill I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Yes. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.
What resources will I need for this class?
For this course, all you need is an Internet connection, a device to record audio and/or video (can be your cell phone or web cam) and the time to read, write, discuss, and practice the techniques you will learn in class.
Do I need to know how to make art or have knowledge in art history?
Absolutely not. We will provide you with background materials on the art we discuss in class, but the focus here is on improving your teaching methods using objects, which could easily be historical documents or scientific results, not just works of art.
About the Instructor
Lisa MazzolaThe Museum of Modern Art
Teacher Professional Development
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