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C E L E BR AT I NG A C U LTU R E O F IN QU I RY

Arnold Elementary School, Arnold, Maryland

relationship climate changed, too.
Now teachers focus on listening to
students, shifting the classic paradigm
180 degrees. Adults find out what
intrigues students and that guides
where they deepen investigation.
Pillsbury reported that "Visualization
is a large part of this inquiry and
knowledge-construction process.
We use visual graphs, sketch ideas,
and draw to help with knowledge
documentation and classroom
management transitions. We assess
student understanding of concepts
and vocabulary semantics from their
sketches." This shift came out of "what
if..." conversations with teacher leaders
when they agreed that a strong culture
of curiosity would support the growth
mindset they want. The art-infused
inquiry process is deeply rooted in
their desire to give students ownership
of their learning and another voice to
express themselves.

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"Many of our students are dealing with high levels of stress. We help them
understand and gain control over the way emotions impact behavior and
learning," Pillsbury explained. They teach kid-friendly neuroscience to help
students understand how brains function and personal learning styles. They
use authentic language and help children figure out what calming/focus
techniques work for them. "Students know that good decisions come from
leveraging the brain power that comes with controlled emotions. They know
art can quiet them, give their emotions a safer voice, and get their mindfulness
back on track," Pillsbury said. Children asking themselves what would help their
minds function optimally is a powerful life skill.
"Meta"-a prefix from Greek meaning "beyond" or "at a higher level" helps
explain the transformation these schools experience. Schools that focus on
inquiry and art integration describe a metamorphic level of change in their
teaching and learning. Massey Street Public School, in Brampton, Ontario, is
a model school for the Canadian Ministry of Education and an observational
training site for the Peel School Board.
"Inquiry is key to the artistic process. Our challenge is to develop a deeper
consciousness in children," says principal Kathy Kozovski. "They begin to
understand that artists innovate instead of imitate. When we teach children
to inquire and showcase original thought, we are cultivating an innovation
mindset that is more important than telling them answers to remember."
Cheri Sterman is the director of education at Crayola.

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