Finding the best approach to our Professional Development Courses for Teachers: Experiencing the Creative Process in visual arts programmes in schools and ECE centres.
Mandy Jakich CEO Creative Matters
This past 10 months has been a year of research and development with the PD courses I am running for teachers and I've seen it like this from the beginning. Good things take time and it's important to modify, refine, adapt until the courses we offer are the most relevant, accessible, applicable and inspiring for teachers.
I have facilitated courses at primary schools on Teacher Only Days, at schools over 2 consecutive staff meetings, at Studio One Toi Tu on Saturdays and at Kohia Centre, The University of Auckland, working with PCTs and registered teachers.
Our courses reinforce the importance of valuing the entire creative process of exploring, experimenting, reflecting, problem solving, sharing, creating. Not just a focus on heading straight to the final artistic product and with an emphasis on creative and critical thinking.
I have loved seeing the joy and satisfaction teachers have experienced throughout, seeing them leave the course with a new found confidence to tackle art lessons with their classes using this creative, open, curriculum based approach.
From all these experiences and interactions with teachers, I have come away with more questions than I started with!
I'm in the process of modifying some of our courses to best meet teachers' needs so watch this space - more courses will be announced soon for term 4 and 2020!
Any ideas, feedback or suggestions? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.