Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Connected Educator!

The Connected EducatorSo I am going to teach a Web 2.0 and Technology Integration class the first week of August to some of my faculty members in my district at our summer academy my district puts together. I am very excited to have this opportunity to share my research and knowledge I have gained this past year during my thesis project. This will be a challenge, considering I am an art teacher and my class ranges from teachers K-8. I am eager to learn, grow, and teach them as well as research some more topics to discuss at the workshop. Today, I came across a great website and this book call The Connected Educator. I have never heard of this book before and I am thrilled to read it and possibly incorporate some of these ideas into my own classroom curriculum. It supposedly focuses on educators around the world, connecting and harvesting knowledge with one another to create a community within teaching our students world wide. I can't wait to share this book with my faculty and my class in two weeks. I wrote up a literary summary to go along with the book and I will be sure to encourage them to get connected!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


"I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful."--Oscar Wilde

The Dinner Party Institute 2013-My Experience

The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago
Triangular table of The Dinner Party
How many women artists do you incorporate in your curriculum? Classroom displays? Discussions? How many women throughout history have been used in your school? What are we missing?
I must say, if you are an art educator and have not heard, taken, or seen Judy Chicago's work or the Dinner Party Institute at Kutztown University then you are missing out on not only a wonderful opportunity to learn, but an opportunity to see the importance of woman in our history.
This past week has been inspiring, eye opening, comforting, empowering, and exactly what I NEEDED!!! Not only have I grown as an educator, but it has allowed me to grow as a woman. As an undergrad and now a graduate student at Kutztown University, it has been such an honor to work with some of the best art educators, artists, and art connoisseurs. Welcoming, refreshing, and inspirational; All the things we need as life-long learners, women, educators, and artists.
FEMINISM! Do you know what it is? Do you know what it means? Before this week, I never considered my self feminist nor did I use the word in my vocabulary. It is not a bad word, it is not anti-male, and it is not radical. It simply means equality, choice, and voice. So if all of the above is new conversation to you, and it's as if you just read French when you never heard a word of it in your life, then check out the links below and challenge YOUR conceptions.