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the earcos triannual journal fall 2013 a link to educational excellence in east asia the ratchaphruek or cassia fistula linn is a tree which bears the national flower of thailand featured in this issue edthought why parents need to let their children fail curriculum articles risk-taking and resilience in the ib learner profile visual art skills you have mail

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the earcos journal the et journal is a triannual publication of the east asia regional council of schoolsearcos a nonprofit 501c3 incorporated in the state of delaware usa with a regional office in manila philippines membership in earcos is open to elementary and secondary schools in east asia which offer an educational program using english as the primary language of instruction and to other organizations institutions and individuals objectives and purposes to promote intercultural understanding and international friendship through the activities of member schools to broaden the dimensions of education of all schools involved in the council in the interest of a total program of education to advance the professional growth and welfare of individuals belonging to the educational staff of member schools to facilitate communication and cooperative action between and among all associated schools to cooperate with other organizations and individuals pursuing the same objectives as the council earcos board of trustees tim carr president jakarta international school thomas farrell vice president kaohsiung american school david toze treasurer international school manila joe beeson yongsan international school of seoul david condon canadian academy tarek razik the international school of beijing julian whiteley united world college of south east asia office of overseas schools reo earcos staff executive director assistant director vitz baltero ver castro robert sonny viray editor bill oldread associate editor edzel drilo connie buford ex officio richard krajczar bill oldread elaine repatacodo edzel drilo rod catubig jr letter from the executive director dear colleagues i wish everyone the very best for the 2013-14 school year a special welcome to 25 new heads of school five new schools and one affiliate school for a total of 136 we now have over 101,000 students and over 12,100 teachers and administrators as we grow we are committed to providing the best quality professional development and support for the educators in our region the earcos leadership conference elc is scheduled for the shangri-la hotel from november 1 3 2013 in bangkok thailand we have an excellent group of presenters and it should be an outstanding conference with keynoters gordon dryden of new zealand learning without limits­in a limitless world rick wormeli what we can do when we are brave together and kristin olson deep listening listening as a radical act of teaching and leading we will also have a host of special presenters and our own earcos leaders offering practical hands-on workshops please review the earcos sponsored events on the last page of this magazine it is a full year of activities with 50 weekend workshops largest number to date last year we reached nearly 1600 teachers with our workshops thanks to all the schools who will host and with whom we will work to bring the best professional development opportunities to our membership.these schools represent large medium and small schools in early august i attended a reunion of aisk american international school of kabul afghanistan students i taught from the late sixties and seventies well over a 100 alumni gathered in cambridge massachusetts to celebrate their time in afghanistan prior to the russian invasion what a group of enthusiastic alumni they shared so many wonderful memories of their experience and how they have have bonded over all these decades what we do in our schools is remembered forever keep up the good work i look forward to seeing many of you in bangkok and i wish you all the best for a most successful and rewarding school year we hope you enjoy our earcos journal we are here to help you remember earcos strives to offer its members opportunities for personal growth and professional collaboration dick krajczar executive director check out our updated website at www.earcos.org our e-connect blog and our google community east asia regional council of schools brentville subdivision barangay mamplasan biñan laguna 4024 philippines phone 63-02-697-9170 fax 63-49-511-4694 website www.earcos.org l-r robert viray dick krajczar edzel drilo rod catubig bill oldread ver castro vitz baltero and elaine repatacodo

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in this issue 02 03 04 05 06 44th annual leadership conference 2013 theme learning without limits 12th earcos teachers conference 2014 theme science of learning service of learning welcome new heads welcome new high school principals welcome new middle school principals welcome new elementary school principals welcome new associate institutions welcome new individual members global citizenship community grant global citizenship awardees gin conferences faces of earcos in memoriam teacher development 28 what you need to be an innovative educator teaching strategies 29 30 32 why aren t more girls attracted to physics learning 2.013 conference on the road with dr k inside back cover earcos approved weekend workshops for sy 2013-2014 08 09 10 contribute to the et journal if you have something going on at your school in any of the following categories that you would like to see highlighted in the winter et please send it along to us faces of earcos promotions retirements honors etc service learning campus development new building plans under construction just completed projects curriculum new and exciting curriculum pilots and adoptions green and sustainable related to campus development or to curriculum efforts student art we showcase outstanding student art in each edition outstanding student writing essays poems or short stories press releases announcements of important anniversaries speakers and events we will include an elementary art gallery in the winter et thank you for your help in helping us to highlight some of the great things going on in our earcos schools curriculum 12 13 14 risk-taking and resilience in the ib learner profile visual art skills enhancing student learning across the academic spectrum you have mail edthought 16 why parents need to let their children fail service learning 17 18 service learning at int l school manila high school the value of student service trips book review 20 troy hicks a conversation about digital writing the margaret sanders scholarship press release 22 23 24 nist students cook their way into a professional culinary world most distinguished leader of america s independent schools ­ pat bassett ­ presented at tas tedx american international school 2013 puts the spotlight on innovation the margaret sanders scholarship grant application is now available online at the earcos website www.earcos.org download the application packets for 2014/2015 technology 26 preparing today for tomorrow s jobs green sustainable 27 greenist fall 2013 fall 2013 issue 1

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44th annual earcos leadership conference elc2013 the east asia regional council of schools is excited to invite you and your administrative staff as delegates at the 44th annual earcos leadership conference elc2013 in bangkok thailand scheduled for november 1-3 2013 we have a host of excellent keynote speakers and workshop presenters keynote speakers gordon dryden kirsten olson rick wormeli his specialty is how to combine creative digital technologies as the catalyst to reinvent education we do this work because we think it can change the world one of the first nationally board certified teachers in america preconferences jennifer abrams jennifer sparrow george couros jeff utecht andy davies w sandra hahn dr bern nicholls annelies hoogland elsa donohue business mgrs bill/ochan powell school board john littleford ann straub ltp wed marc frankel james stronge wasc ib precon 2 days jennifer abrams cathryn berger kaye george couros cheryl doig elsa donohue gordon dryden marc frankel elizabeth hubbell chris jansen kirsten olson author of wounded special presenters john littleford john mergendoller bill and ochan powell martin skelton jennifer sparrow ann straub james stronge jeff utecht rick wormeli by school workshop presenters scott adams margaret alvarez apple presenters kelly armitage cindy warner-dobrowski chip barder chad bates elizabeth bray nancy fairburn william brown tom mclean jonathan carter contact ms.vitz baltero elc coordinator vitzb@earcos.org visit http www.earcos.org/elc2013 2 earcos triannual journal sandra caswell marlon ng sam cook bill brown stephen dare jennifer swinehart maxine driscoll julian edwards nicky fairweather thomas farrell anne fowles deidre fischer sarah devotion garner nguyen van heu richard gaskell simon gillespie aimee gruber tk ostrom kevin jaramillo richard nies chip kimball vladimir kuskovski macolm pitchard elsa lamb megan scherer debra lane susan evans aloha lavina suzanne loughran james macdonald rami madani nicola mason james wellings chris mcanally laurie mclellan ed ladd eric monson dr sascha heckmann karen moreau catriona moran michelle hiteman derek pinchbeck arden tyoschin tarek razik tarek razik robert landau and rhonda norris jennifer robinson erin robinson naro heather karen rohrs elizabeth rossini andy davies graeme scott greg smith julia lachet jennifer sparrow orin stephney damian taply carl post rob thompson jill watson liz gale julian whiteley paul wood mark hardeman workshop presenters

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the 12th earcos teachers conference 2014 march 27-29 2014 shangri-la bangkok thailand strands stem science technology engineering robotics and math social studies humanities middle school counseling service learning general education keynote speakers stem topics former astronaut polansky to senior management team mark polansky catherine steiner-adair girl s issues family safety author of full of ourselves yong zhao international education educational reform fall 2013 issue 3

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welcome new heads bali international school bandung international school beijing biss international school beijing city international school cebu international school ekamai international school grace international school international school ho chi minh city international school of kuala lumpur international school of qingdao ipoh international school mont kiara international school nist international school northbridge international school cambodia osaka ymca international school saigon south international school saint maur international school shanghai american school sinarmas world academy st john s school st mary s international school surabaya international school tokyo international school xiamen international school yogyakarta international school yokohama international school western academy of beijing brian kissman david tigchelaar gwyn underwood bill o hearn anthony harduar prachack jitbunyad don williams simon leslie norma hudson ron brace bernard martin gilman brian d brumsickle james macdonald steve paterson hiroyuki satoh mark sylte catherine osias-endo richard mueller gerald shields interim patricia bennett saburo kagei larry molacek lorraine izzard john godwin orin a stephney craig coutts courtney lowe welcome new high school principals bandung international school beijing city international school brent international school baguio busan international foreign school canadian academy concordia international school hanoi concordia international school shanghai dalian american international school ekamai international school gyeongnam international foreign school international community school singapore international school ho chi minh city international school of myanmar international school yangon korea kent foreign school northbridge international school cambodia qsi international school of shekou seisen international school scis hangzhou international school shekou international school st mary s international school thai-chinese american international school utahloy international school guangzhou wells international school on nut campus western academy of beijing steven church shawn hutchinson todd f wyks don grant elizabeth andrews patrick frerking nicholas kent terry wolfson geoffrey mcrae marjie carroll kelley ditzenberger michael roberts randy neen christina powers edward zrudlo ian hunt j.c sanders james hatch evan hunt don macmillan kory indahl michael livingston bonetta ramsey john mcgrath amanda mcdonald mark jacobsen melanie vrba e-connect stay in touch with many current ideas and trends in education at earcos connect blog welcome to earcos e-connect.teachers counselors and administrators are extremely busy people.you don t always have time to search for articles blogs videos and books that will educate and enhance your practice.this blog will offer links to relevant educational discussions articles book reviews and videos that you may find informative and useful http earcos-connect.tumblr.com 4 earcos triannual journal

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welcome new middle school principals bandung international school brent international school baguio canadian academy christian academy in japan concordia international school hanoi concordia international school shanghai dalat international school dalian american international school ekamai international school gyeongnam international foreign school international community school singapore international school yangon nishimachi international school northbridge international school cambodia qsi international school of shekou saigon south international school seisen international school shanghai comm int l school hangzhou int l school surabaya international school utahloy international school guangzhou steven church todd f wyks elizabeth andrews winnie langelaar patrick frerking janie andrich shawna wood terry wolfson geoffrey mcrae marjie carroll katie den hartog christina powers erin robinson ian hunt matt matterson molly burger ann kagei dan kerr ty smeins bryan lewallen hugo drummond welcome new elementary school principals bandung alliance international school brent international school baguio brent international school manila busan international foreign school canadian academy chiang mai international school concordia international school hanoi ekamai international school faith academy inc fukuoka international school gyeonggi suwon international school gyeongnam international foreign school international community school singapore international school ho chi minh city international school of beijing the international school of kuala lumpur international school of myanmar international school suva ipoh international school marist brothers international school northbridge international school cambodia osaka international school qsi international school of shekou shekou international school suzhou singapore international school utahloy international school guangzhou wells international school on nut campus rebecca palisuri susan sanidad michelle jingco kevin smith jon schatzky laverne pue kristin kappelmann edith chu trevor maxwell robyn gioia daniel anderson marjie carroll erin alary kurtis peterson christine green bob busk cleo burgett karen whittaker puvaneswary d o doriasamy cushla jones jimena zalba virginia sutton missy kopfer jeannie sung neil marshall-inns anne laurenson rekha sachdev join us on google share great things going on in earcos schools the earcos community consists of 130 international schools and over 10,000 educators in the east asia region.this community is a place to share ideas and events taking place in earcos schools search earcos community fall 2013 issue 5

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welcome new associate institutions baker books international school book club cambridge university press holdings limited compass learning educare co-operative limited edvectus limited equipmyschool.com exploration school inc forerunner technology ltd gems education international school associates llc kotobuki seating international pte ltd lakeshore learning materials montpelier malaysia mueller sports medicine inc odyssey institute perkins+will pls 3rd learning teamie pte ltd true teaching pte co ltd vision textiles wida international school consortium zart art pty ltd welcome new individual members maree butler deidre fischer barrie mccliggott rehel sausa howard stribbell henri bemelmans global citizenship community grant all of us here at earcos wish to extend our sincere congratulations to the following global citizens who have been chosen to receive an earcos global citizen community service grant of $500 to further their excellent community work during this upcoming academic year the recipients are bos chakrapoj chitwannapa new international school of thailand project nist development bank sarah derveeuw international school of phnom penh project indochina starfish english teaching program erica bhasin international school of myanmar project learn then earn robert li shanghai american school puxi campus project social responsibility foundation paradorn joe rummaneethorn thai-chinese international school project tcis education for all young suk yoon suzhou singapore international school project boai and brain box best of luck to you in the coming year 6 earcos triannual journal

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school emergencies happen do you have the right skills to overcome a crisis let the aaie institute for international school leadership prepare you for your next school emergency join us for our seven-week online course situational awareness and diplomacy in international school communities register today at aaieinstitute.com/earcos class begins september 23rd learn real-life strategies for both operational and emergency situations create an emergency crisis plan discuss political social and economic challenges analyze your own school s policies for information about our courses and graduate program visit aaieinstitute.com the aaie institute for international school leadership is presented by aaie and powered by pls 3rd learning aaie.org pls3rdlearning.com © aaie institute and pls 3rd learning all rights reserved.

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global citizenship awardees global citizenship awardees list of global citizenship award 2013 winners this award is presented to a student who embraces the qualities of a global citizen this student is a proud representative of his/her nation while respectful of the diversity of other nations has an open mind is well informed aware and empathetic concerned and caring for others encouraging a sense of community and strongly committed to engagement and action to make the world a better place finally this student is able to interact and communicate effectively with people from all walks of life while having a sense of collective responsibility for all who inhabit the globe american international school hong kong american international school of guangzhou american school in japan the american school in taichung bandung international school bangalore international school bangkok patana school beijing biss international school brent international school baguio brent international school manila brent international school subic busan foreign school canadian academy canadian international school of hong kong cebu international school chatsworth international school chinese international school hong kong christian academy in japan concordia international school shanghai dalat international school dalian american international school dominican international school taipei faith academy manila gyeonggi suwon international school hangzhou international school hong kong international school hsinchu international school international christian school of hong kong international community school bangkok international school bangkok international school eastern seaboard international school manila international school of beijing the international school of kuala lumpur international school of myanmar international school of phnom penh international school of ulaanbaatar international school qingdao mti international school yangon international school ho chi minh city iss international school jakarta international school kaohsiung american school korea kent foreign school kunming international academy lanna international school thailand marist brothers international school mont kiara international school morrison christian academy nagoya international school nanjing international school new international school of thailand northbridge international school cambodia osaka international school qsi international school of shekou 8 earcos triannual journal loreen jill ramirez catubay yu wei hermione wang mark mcneill herriet hsieh steven joshua gunawan nikhila nandgopal lalida ekasastr sophia fang yeon ju julie lee mark allen que peter kwon sylvia lee annegret liederbach jamie lim hye rhin flora kwon megha verma georgia reading megumi wilson joyce eva lam josiah steinkamp jiho shin brian mao grady fleming matthew kim rahul bapna madison passamonte charles wang rachelle ho-ling ng chae yeong lee benya kraus krassawan viking khongkhaphet daniel um stephanie shen magdalena casey erica bahsin sarah derveeuw sheyenne lacy si on susan bae numaya karim phuong vy nguyen drew rae tucker barry thrasher herbert chang ji yoon park joel nathan day kan kyi curwen maya kaizuka reshma rajagopalan lilly su kumudra aung timo paul grimmon bos chakrapoj chitwannapa aspasie song liam kirwan brian zhang

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saigon south international school seisen international school seoul foreign school seoul international school shanghai american school puxi campus shanghai comm int l school-hongqiao campus shanghai comm int l school-pudong campus shekou international school singapore american school saint maur international school surabaya international school suzhou singapore international school taejon christian international school taipei american school teda international school thai-chinese international school tianjin international school united nations international school of hanoi united world college of south east asia Ð dover campus united world college of south east asia Ð east campus utahloy international school guangzhou vientiane international school western academy of beijing wuhan yangtze international school yokohama international school yongsan international school of seoul sinarmas world academy earcos global citizen community service grant winners alice lin richa mehta michelle richardson christine nahyun lee robert li florence luciana jeni jia-qi lin jennifer whetter sarah anderson alisa koegel melissa wongso young suk yoon korte zickefoose heejo kang helen sanchez paradorn joe rummaneethorn zachary guo jamie tree kathryn geertsema amukelani muyanga sitara samtani ju hui lee angela zhang evelyn mittler yuma robert hitachi irene do natasha liman global citizenship awardees gin conferences high school gin conference 2013 h2o ­ humanity hope opportunity november 8-10 2013 international school beijing bei-gin 2013 international school of beijing is proud to host the hs global issues network conference for the 2013-14 school year from november 8-10 2013 welcoming hs students from across the region who have a passion and a drive to make a difference who have something to give an opinion to share a potential solution to offer these three days will allow you the chance to do all of these while engaging with other like-minded students in pursuit of the creation of sustainable solutions for global issues the website is now available and registration process is open through september 16th 2013 the site is currently in its early stages of development and we ask that you bookmark it and keep checking back in to see updated schedules and conference information welcome to beigin 2013 http beigin2013.beimun.net middle school gin conference 2014 dare to care february 14-15 2014 jakarta international school dare to care at next year s unique middle-school-only gin conference hosted by the jakarta international school students from all over the globe are invited to participate in a variety of student-led activities and workshops attending delegates will be collaborative active participants as they find their passion and take action in order to create sustainable solutions for global issues more information and details regarding this exciting event will be provided in the near future from jis ms students earcos conference 2014 dare to care for educators february 14-15 2014 jakarta international school in conjunction with the ms student gin conference dare to care jakarta international school will host an earcos workshop titled dare to care for educators the conference will feature keynote speakers and breakout workshops designed to enable teachers and schools to continue to facilitate learning focused on global issues specifically the conference will provide hands-on opportunities for teachers to further their understanding regarding service learning project based learning independent projects service trips service clubs student led events and environmental education.this will be open to teachers who accompany their students to the gin conference as well as other interested delegates fall 2013 issue 9

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faces of earcos dr catriona moran receives distinguished principals award taipei american school each year the united states department of education and the national association of elementary school principals naesp sponsor the national distinguished principals award program this award honors those lower and middle school principals who set high standards for instruction student achievement character and climate for the students families and staffs in their learning communities one of the two international recipients of this award is dr catriona moran elementary principal at taipei american school dr moran is recognized as a transformational leader an expert in the field of language and literacy dr moran has proven capable of negotiating the complicated linguistic and cultural challenges that dynamic multi-lingual multicultural schools like taipei american school pose dr moran grew up in ireland earned her bachelor in education at the university of limerick a masters in education with distinction at the university of southern queensland australia and a doctorate in educational leadership studies at the university of san diego california she assumed the principalship of the lower school at tas ten years ago in 2003 about dr moran superintendent dr sharon hennessy said she sets the highest of standards in all areas whether in lower school academics character education or personal conduct she is truly without peer in short i have never worked with or observed a stronger elementary educator in memoriam john daulton died february 28 2013 in green valley arizona following a brief illness he was born november 8 1943 was raised in cheyenne wyyoming and earned his ba from the university of wyoming john married kathy smith from torrington in 1966 and received his ba from the university of wyoming the following year he taught history and coached for five years at the little snake river high school in baggs wy until overseas beckoned and in 1980 john accepted a k-8 principal position and moved with his wife and two young daughters to american samoa he returned to directing library media centers in 1984 at the international school of kuala lumpur in malaysia and went on to bangkok taipei and warsaw until he retired to star valley ranch wy in 1999 john loved books sports film and early technologies john was deeply loved and will be missed by his wife kathy two daughters and family john daulton the rev canon gabriel dimanche december 5 1927 ­ april 29 2013 father gabriel dimanche passed peacefully away on april 29 2013 born in belgium he journeyed to the philippines in 1956 as a missionary he taught philosophy at a local university in mindanao where he met and married clenia postrado in 1962 1964 he got his master of divinity degree from the church divinity school of the pacific while serving as assistant chaplain at the university of california berkley in 1965 he returned to the philippines where he helped establish trinity college now known as trinity university of asia and taught at st andrews theological seminary in 1970 he became the rector of the church of the holy trinity and in 1976 fr dimanche was asked to serve concurrently as headmaster of brent school baguio still the rector of holy trinity he served as principal of brent school manila from 1985 to 1987 in 1988 he resigned as rector to devote himself entirely to being headmaster of brent school manila in 1994 he founded brent school subic the following year he resigned from the manila campus to become the headmaster of brent school subic until his retirement in 2002 for his work in education the episcopal church of the philippines made him a canon for international education fr dimanche surrounded by family and friends enjoyed his retirement reading listening to classical music as well as classifying and transcribing his old sermons into his computer his passing leaves a massive void in the hearts and minds of his loving wife his three children six grandchildren and all the people whose lives he has touched over the years 10 earcos triannual journal

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curriculum curriculum risk-taking and resilience in the ib learner profile pressure with our teenagers other members of the ib community were concerned that risk-taking implies an individualistic approach to life ignoring one s role in strengthening social harmony and community as a result the ibo now gives schools the option to use the term courageous in place of risk-takers this broader term and its new descriptor focuses on intellectual innovation a determined approach to uncertainty and resilience in the face of challenges in april the international baccalaureate organisation ibo published a comprehensive review of the ib learner profile the learner profile is a set of 10 attributes which underpin and align all three programmes pyp myp and dp it is intended that learners strive for these as they develop into internationally minded people who recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet help to create a better and more peaceful world ib mission statement after almost two years of global data collection literature reviews and expert think tanks the attributes remain unchanged minor modifications were made to each descriptor in order to emphasise certain attitudes and broaden some definitions however the core list was found to have an iconic status which was both suited to its purpose and inter-culturally appropriate alas attending to its grammatical inconsistencies was not high on the agenda adjectives such as caring and principled still exist alongside the nouns communicators and thinkers were there no grammarians on the executive panel in truth the matter was discussed it was decided that meaning trumps lexical symmetry a valid point but next time please spare a thought for teachers who look at those mismatched parts of speech every day many fascinating debates arose from this review process to me the discussion surrounding risk-taking and resilience was most important based on surveys and field notes the attribute that was most frequently identified as needing review was risk-taker it was seen by many to imply poor decision-making and inappropriate use of caution indeed risk-taking often has negative connotations when we explore drug use sexual health and peer 12 earcos triannual journal i believe the new focus on resilience is an important one many respondents raised resilience as a value that could be added to the learner profile it is certainly a buzz-word in modern psychology the ability to bounce back from challenges is now recognised as one of the most important factors for mental wellbeing and lifelong happiness psychologists suggest that it is people who learn to accept difficulties set goals and act constructively who cope best in the face of life s adversities the ability to see the big picture focus energy on matters within one s control think about mistakes affirmatively and accept self and others are all powerful tools for wellbeing programmes such as bounce back have been implemented widely in schools to help students develop such habits of mind as teachers providing opportunities for our students to fail persevere and remain determined are essential elements of our class culture will our students become courageous thinkers who face challenges with determined resilient mindsets i certainly hope so i m thrilled to see risktaking examined critically and resilience finding its place in the ib learner profile surely courageous young people can and will create a better world for all read the in-depth review of the learner profile here http occ.ibo.org/ibis documents/general/g_0_iboxx_amo_1307_1_e.pdf references brooks r b goldstein s 2002 raising resilient children fostering strength hope and optimism in your child contemporary books inc usa ibo 2013 ib learner profile in review report and recommendation international baccalaureate cardiff ­ uk shannon o dwyer pyp teacher beijing biss international school sodwyer@biss.com.cn

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curriculum curriculum visual art skills enhancing student learning across the academic spectrum by gregory unger mation the colours used the amount and placement of empty space and the degree of slant of the font affect whether we see the message and what mood or energy is included in that message these kinds of challenges are addressed while a visual art student learns to create personal artwork and the skills required are exceedingly transferable any time a teacher assigns something that isn t an old-school one thousand word essay such as a blog entry a powerpoint presentation or a science fair poster these same issues come into play certainly a few people have acquired some of these visual communication skills in a way that appears innate while they may be able to build a web page picture book or movie poster that is attractive and communicates well they won t be able to explain how their product works record their process or reflect on the success or failings of others projects.the artist s or designer s understanding of why good design works is a huge part of making sure what they create will be understood it is markedly risky to believe that a hastily crafted sign to the food court will successfully guide people where they need to go or the icon designating a specific app will be recognized in the sea of icons on a phone or desktop visual communication may seem intuitive but novices fail spectacularly all the time a poster or title page may appear interesting initially but improperly used colours textures composition or any misuse of the other elements and principles of art at best only create a gaudy layout the specific message that should be transmitted or the particular question that should be answered gets lost the eye doesn t know where to go and consequently the viewer wastes a lot of time interacting with aspects of the layout that are unimportant the informed artist s understanding of the psychological connection to visual communication is what pays the big bucks google subway or a metropolitan transit authority pay handsomely for designers to use their visual toolkits to manipulate our feelings steer us or our cursers around tell us what we want to know or perhaps more cynically what they want us to know and in many ways affect our interaction with the world around us as students prepare to enter the real world they should practice these same skills to demonstrate their learning the elements and principles of art have been characterized as the grammar of visual communication the skills students acquire when they master these concepts have value beyond the art curriculum with a little research teachers may recognize the transferable value of skills students learn in the art studio that serve to enhance communication in all academic domains student collaboration on un day at chatsworth how do we read a web page how do we know where to find the bathroom in the mall or understand what is available at mcdonalds all these methods of communication are majorly impacted by the purposeful application of the elements and principles of art these concepts allow the viewer s eye to be guided to the information that is of primary importance first and the material that is of secondary or tertiary importance thereafter whenever students work on a project that is visually more complex than a static 12-point font paper they should apply these elements and principles of art to ensure digital or traditional presentations successfully communicate the intended message in the past fifteen years twenty-first century learners have grown beyond the standard essay and have embraced communication that includes infographics interactive media and the entire panoply of marketing tools that have or should have been co-opted by educators students need to communicate to an audience that goes beyond simply writing text for their teacher and as a result need to learn the skills involved in visual communication schools and curricula vary and the specifics of what students learn in art or what they are capable of differ so real world examples are difficult to describe it may be useful to hunt down your colleague who teaches visual art and learn the basics of these tools in that way you could understand what your students know and what you can require of them these tools which are taught in all the art disciplines from sculpture to typography are critical to ensuring the person reading a blog finding her way through an airport or remembering the name on a business card accesses the information in the manner intended a key concept to help students transfer their art skills to all their subjects is the idea that art is visual communication while the traditional forms of art remain interesting the importance of putting oil on canvas or indeed the internecine arguments of what constitutes art should be put aside in the interest of providing students with valuable visual skills that can be applied in all areas of learning to understand the context by which art students could enhance their nonart coursework using visual communication skills consider an improperly loaded web page that has only text or a badly designed menu you quickly realise that your eye doesn t know where to find the most important infor art skills in student presentations at chatsworth fall 2013 issue 13

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