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A&E.A; Teacher story

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Thu, 1 Oct 1998 20:41:24 EDT

Art and Ecology Curriculum Integration
I looked at Perspectives of the Environment Dublin Scioto High School and was
intrigued by the lesson because of student initiated curriculum. The
involvement and integration of so many subjects working so successfully
sparked my interest.
The choices given to students made their connection to the assignment stronger
than that of an assignment with little or no student input. This lesson
taught students that art can have a message and make a difference. The
research they did provided them with knowledge about the environment and what
needs to be done to save it.
Working together provided students with a sense of community and how a group
can have a voice and impact others or issues. Using life centered issues
creates relevance for students and engages their involvement and committment.
This lesson is well integrated with science, journalism, art, social studies,
and foreign language. Were I to teach this lesson to high school students, I
would adapt this lesson to issues concerning the Sonoran desert: endangered
species, land conservation and land restoration. Using environmental issues
concerning the desert creates the relevancy for students here and not only
calls for creativity, but for involvement which leads to empowerment.
Students can learn that making a statement about something in which they
believe can lead to change and impact their lives the way nothing else can.