Very recently the University of Missouri's art education program made some unique changes to the student teaching experience. Since special content areas are certified K-12, teacher candidates in the past have split their internship time down the middle and spent half the time in a secondary (or middle) and the other half in elementary (or middle). With the new changes teacher candidates get the opportunity to divide the time into 12 weeks of student teaching in the level the candidate is most interested in and then 4 weeks of an Artist in Residence experience in a different school. This is obviously a great opportunity for artist teachers to explore and strengthen our Artist side while still sharing art knowledge with students. However, this is a great opportunity for cooperating schools for collaboration and Arts integration.
This blog follows the journey of the collaboration between Lee Elementary School and two Artists. In the next coming days I will publish a page of introductions/artist profiles, projects, and resources. Explore this blog and examine what we have been able to collaborate for the benefit of the students.
Eventually this website will be left for the benefit of Lee Elementary school to share collaboration and art based learning to parents and othe educators.
MU visiting artist teacher
The Fourth Grade teachers alongside Art Teachers at Lee Elementary contribute to this blog by sharing happenings in their individual classrooms.