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The Collaborative Final Reflection Day is designed to provide an opportunity for TAC Team members from all participating schools to come together to reflect on and share:
~successes and challenges,recommendations
~overall design, implementation, and outcomes,
~student learning, and teacher tool-kit development,
~collaborative perceptions of what contributed to results
Hosted by Pleasant Valley Elementary School
April 27, 2017
At Pleasant Valley HOT school, fifth grade students are selected to participate in a Peer Mediation program which allows students to be trained in and practice the art of conflict resolution. Participants will experience the process of training all fifth graders in peer mediation, the selection process for the official "Peer Mediators" and answer questions about some of the speed bumps and obstacles the program has faced. By giving students the CHOICE of how to solve a problem and allowing students a VOICE in helping others, Democratic Practice becomes a key facet in the Peer Mediation process. The day will begin with an overview of the HOT Approach to arts integrated teaching and learning and provide an opportunities to observe in classrooms and hear student reflections on their experiences as Peer Mediators.
Hosted by Jack Jackter Intermediate School
March 8, 2017
This Leadershop will feature a morning overview of the HOT Approach to teaching and learning, HOT Strategies including Production companies, HOT Blocks, whole school residencies,an opportunity to observe an arts integrated "HOT" lesson, and a Q & A panel with administrators and students. The afternoon will be led by Jackter's Library Media specialist and will focus on the student as storyteller. Through the integration of the arts into the research process, teachers can inspire students to tell the story of their learning. Participants will:
*Gain an understanding of new technology tools to provide more student choice during their research process. *Design an arts integrated inquiry project, developing questions and a direction for research. (Resources and guidance will be provided every step of the way!) *Gain an understanding of how to facilitate student research projects using Barb Stripling's Model of Inquiry. *Leave with an understanding of the MAKER movement, STEAM initiatives and how their school library (librarian) can be used as a collaborative partner and resource during inquiry based research.
Participants will have an opportunity to explore, through hands-on experiential workshops, the development of an arts integrated unit of study integrating science and arts disciplines theater, dance, music and poetry into their curriculum. The focus will be on creating a unit that provides students opportunities to deepen their understanding of both a variety of arts disciplines and their core science curriculum as it connects to the Next Generation Science Standards and the National Core Arts Standards. These workshops will model building a STEAM partnership and will be held at the Heritage Hotel.
Inspired by HOT Schools core components; Strong Arts, Arts Integration and Democratic Practice and Talcott Mountain Science Center & Academy's Inspiration to Innovation (i2i) Challenge, this professional development day collaboration will provide hands-on experiential learning in brain research, arts and science integrated workshops providing a framework for encouraging creativity and critical thinking while exploring the intersections between the arts and STEM subjects.
Hosted by John Lyman School
October 27, 2016
HOT Schools Orientation participants will experience first-hand, HOT Schools theory in action as they observe and are guided through the ways in which Lyman structures instruction through the HOT School core components of strong arts, art integration and democratic practice; providing each student with the tools to achieve high academic standards and become a creative, successful, life-long learner.
October 123, 2016
In HOT Schools, artists are teaching partners. The passion, commitment, and skill that artists bring to the classroom open doors to creative and critical thinking for students and teachers. HOT Schools pairs skilled teaching artists with skilled K-12 teachers to create dynamic long-term, arts-integrated, learning experiences called Teacher-Artist Collaborations (TACs).
Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools is a program of the Connecticut State Department of Economic & Community Development, Office of the Arts. ©2015 HOT Schools™
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