This is why we teach with big ideas… why every art lesson should be based in exploring a meaningful concept… and not just an art concept, but a concept that helps our students (and us) better understand what it is to be human.
In a recent Washington Post bit, an award-winning teacher who happens to be a white female (which describes the majority in the teaching profession), explains how her students of color taught her that she does not understand their experience. Her solution was to teach differently. To teach by exploring social issues alive in our world today. She is now “a self-proclaimed teacher of social justice and the art of communication with words.” Are you a teacher of social justice and the art of communication with images?
You don’t have to be a white female or teach students of color to have a reason to teach students about the world we live in. Each of us should strive to have our better understand the experience of others. Each of us should “teach the [artworks] that paint all the beautiful faces of our children and tell the stories of struggle and victory our nation has faced.”
Are you asking bigger questions of yourself than you are asking of your students?
Read the short article here:
If you would like to read more about teaching with big ideas, check out these posts:
- Let’s Talk about Big Ideas
- So, what is a Big Idea?
- Big Ideas for Instruction
- Why Teach with Big Ideas?