What is your purpose here?

I hope when you read, “What is your purpose here?” You can fully envision the scene from Pirates of the Caribbean, Dead Man’s Chest. If not I think the image, below, is linked to a gif. (Hit me with a comment if you know the response to the question from the movie.)

I suppose it’s fair if you are wondering what this has to do with art education…

I met with art collaborative team leads recently and posed a question about the purpose of art CTs. Some quick answers included “to collaborate,” “to share ideas,” and “to share best practices.”  Yes, these are reasons we get together, but why do we do these things? Why do we collaborate? Why do we share ideas?


I am surrounded by this language all the time in the instructional services department. If a similar question were asked of a group of my central office colleagues we would probably all respond in unison. 

This interaction with my art instructional leaders helped me realize that this is a message that I should work harder to promote. It’s a mindset that can impact how we interact with our work. Everything we do should be with the goal of improving student learning. 


2 thoughts on “What is your purpose here?”

  1. If the question is why the art teachers are in the school in a first place, going along with the heaviness on the Dead Man’s Chest question, then isn’t it to facilitate, promote and to support visual expressions in our students? Todlers and preschoolers are naturally expressive in their art because most of them learn things by means of pictures. When they come to school they learn other forms of expression: in writing, in speaking ets. Aren’t we, art teachers help them Not to forget how to express themselves in creating Visual images?
    Considering that 90% of learning in Any age is happening through visual aids we giving them skills to be able to tap into the strongest Learning Tool that humans ever invented?

    Maybe an overshot, but just a thought.

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