The Learning Spiral

The Arts Integration Learning Spiral is a model for arts-integrated teaching and learning developed in collaboration with the many teachers and artists who have shaped Project AIM.  Each point on the spiral supports meaningful learning in and through the arts, and encourages us to develop broad-reaching goals for arts-integration practice. The teaching spiral mirrors artistic practice and is meant to be a fluid process of intention, experimentation, and discovery.

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  • Teachers and artists identify a Big Idea that is authentic in the study of each subject

  • Team identifies the Essential Questions that guide the learning

  • Team sets the Art, Social Emotional and Common Core Content Standards to be addressed in the unit

  • Team designs an assessment rubric that identifies performance based tasks to diagnose level of learning according to these standards

  • Team designs a draft unit plan to provide structure for the unit

 

  • Artist creates a safe space for risk-taking

  • Team establishes an atmosphere of mutual respect - student to student, teacher to artist, student to teacher

  • Team establishes shared values which honor every voice in learning

  • Team establishes a set of working rules for arts learning

  • Prepare students  for moving back and forth between arts content and core curricular content

  • Establish a studio learning environment in the classroom

  • Establish the necessary working arts vocabulary

  • Utilize Professional Models of Artwork

  • Make the Big Idea visible and link the art making to it

  • Work with Parallel Processes in academic content and the arts

  • Create a space where integration is sought and connections made

  • Activate prior knowledge and research new information through an art making process

  • Create an intentional space and time for revision

  • Help students compare drafts with their original intentions

  • Share student work with each other and allow space for feedback

  • Encourage an atmosphere for improvisation and experimentation

  • Help students value both the process and the product

  • Prepare work for a culminating event designed for the project

  • Present work to an invited audience

  • Create a high-quality exhibition and performance experience

  • Establish a reflective practice, both for students and teachers

  • Establish a learning community amongst teachers that involves sharing among peers

  • Review documentation as an occasion for reflection and assessment

  • Teaching team create time and space for review and takeaways

  • Teaching team discuss intentions for future teaching and learning