Surrounded Islands today. I got a gazillion awesome things from working at Downtown School, but one of the most awesomest was the focus on the Artful Learning curriculum model. I've had a hard time organizing an Artful Learning unit this year because the work is time consuming and it takes me a long time to get good ideas. But I really enjoy planning curriculum and Artful Learning ties in well with International Baccalaureate, so yesterday I took the whole day to look at books, look at art and start fooling around with possible inquiry centers. I'm not there yet, but I have a start. I'm just going to be audacious and jump in with what I have. Kind of a pilot unit that I can tweak for next year.
Lots of things weren't done yesterday because I was learning about Christo, fair trade, goods versus services, Bloomington employers, and clean water for the planet. Let's face it though. Those are all good things to learn about.