Participating teaching artists and classroom teachers collaboratively create lesson plans that enrich curricula and integrate the concepts and techniques of exhibiting artists at Art in General. In this particular program, teaching artist Tara Mateik works with Ann Marchant and and Kristen Cappadona’s seventh-grade CTT English Language Arts class. Students learn how to resolve conflicts that arise in everyday situations at home and school. Posing the question, “How do we make decisions that positively affect our lives?”, students delve into their personal experience as they increase their reading and writing proficiency, develop acting skills, learn how to use digital video equipment, and exercise their critical thinking capabilities to create one-minute video public service announcements (PSAs) about current issues relevant to youth culture. The PSAs campaign to put an end to underage drinking, cutting school and bullying, and are broadcast on a loop in the student commons.
Many thanks to teaching assistant Daniel Reyes.