“Screen Zombies.” This is a name I’ve coined for the many students who sit in front of me (in person or on a screen). No longer are they lively and engaged, eager to learn and tout how much they know. As a result of schools becoming “overacademized” and Core Curriculum reigning as the main priority, they are increasingly bored, disinterested, educational automatons. Alternatively, they are depressed and stressed, as demonstrated by teen suicide rates skyrocketing. They turn to the only thing that gives them a rush- but ultimately can lead to their demise- their electronic devices.
There are 8 primary things lacking- undervalued and underfunded- in today’s school curriculum:
- Visual and Performing Arts
- Second Language Learning
- Personal Voices & Self-Expression
- Life Skills
- Physical Education & Recess
- Hands-on Activities & Play
- Social-Emotional Learning
Today’s high school students need to somebody to bring back their sparkle. School needs to be fun again. Kids of all age need to play, and express themselves creatively. They need the chance to explore their inner selves, passions, desires, aptitudes, and bring out the best of theirselves to the world.
ARTSY ENGLISH, a unique academic enrichment program designed to help school-aged students learn English as a new language through the visual & performing arts and life skills activities, seeks to fill in these 8 gaps.
HOW DOES ARTSY ENGLISH SEEK TO FILL IN THESE 8 GAPS?
It promotes academically:
- Communicative Competence and Literacy Skills in English
- Student-centered and collaborative learning
- Contextualizing and illustrating the English concept that is being taught, by “showing, not telling.”
- Accesses multiple intelligences (Gardner) and various learning styles simultaneously
- Greater motivation to learn a second language
- Cross-cultural learning, exposure, and appreciation
- Greater engagement
It promotes creatively and artistically:
- Creative problem solving
- “Art Imitates Life:” imitating and enhancing students’ authentic realities
- Being “open to interpretation” and able to generate endless ideas/language.
- Learning through play and fantasy- important at all ages!
- Skills in various visual arts, music, drama, kinesthetic activities, cooking, and life
It promotes socially/emotionally:
- Nurtures the mind, body, and soul
- Understanding, development, and honoring of one’s self, strengths, skills & interests
- Creative/individual expression and learner autonomy
- Engaging in the process instead of just the outcome- promotes internal motivation
- Reducing stress, anxiety, and boredom
- Gaining confidence and developing social emotional skills
- Exploring feelings in a safe way
- Expressing self identity and culture in an accepting environment
Amy Quinde is the owner and operator of Head & Heart International, which offers comprehensive educational planning, coaching, and consulting- from dream to dormitory to degree. She gives college-bound students and schools from all over the world the tools needed to follow a more targeted and authentic academic path based on a fusion of student passions, personalities, and practical realities. This involves exploring and articulating a best fit major and career plan, guiding them through the admissions process into the right higher education institution, and helping students maximize their 4 years there in order to become career and life-ready- sooner. Sign up for her newsletter and learn more at www.headandheartinternational.com.