ACHF Arts Education
In residencies, Moreland’s K-2 classes will work towards selected Minnesota Arts (theater, music) and National Health Education standards (Mental Health). The project team will collect and compile digital portfolios of student work in all twelve of Moreland’s K-2 classes, scoring it on a high/medium/low rubric against a checklist of Minnesota Arts and National Health Education standards. 2: Moreland students, teachers, and families will demonstrate understanding of how to use puppetry and music as creative tools to address stress. Project team will use written, verbal and visual reflection to assess how participants use and anticipate using the characters, music, story and mindfulness techniques to address stress.
Z Puppets arts and mindfulness residencies helped K-2 students meet arts and science (mental health) standards through puppetry, music and yoga. Moreland and Z Puppets have worked with evaluator Cheryl Kessler since 2012 to measure the impact of the residencies. Kessler’s tools include: comprehensive checklists of components of the residencies and the science and arts education standards each activity helps students meet, video of classes to analyze and document key assessment moments, pre- and post-student tests regarding Habits of Mind, and teacher and student interview regarding gaps and success in meeting goals. 2: Z Puppets’ residencies provide Moreland students, families and teachers with a shared framework and language for cultivating calm through the arts. Professional evaluator Cheryl Kessler video tapes and analyzes classroom sessions to pinpoint indicators of participant understanding of Z Puppets’ creative tools for calm. From Spring to Fall, K-2 students demonstrate an extremely high retention of Monkey Mind Pirates concepts-- especially as related to the metaphor, story, characters and music. Teacher interviews regarding gaps and success in meeting goals also indicate that the students and teachers frequently independently refer to and employ the creative tools for calm beyond when the artists are present.
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