Equitable and Inclusive Learning Strategy:
Use Art to Get to Know Learners
Research consistently shows that when students have supportive relationships and feel known at school, learning accelerates. Making consistent, strategic efforts to deeply see and know your students will provide a powerful foundation for learning.
Gain inspiration from authentic examples of this strategy shared by teachers who have used them with their learners.
Creating your own Bright Spots? Let’s get them out into the world! Share yours here.
Source: Ms. Vuong-Dac on Twitter
Provide students a silhouette of a face or have them draw a self-portrait and fill it with attributes that describe their best qualities.
Who I am Flowers
Students in Kindergarten Spanish class described themselves in Spanish and drew pictures to create a flower that represented who they are.
QR Code Videos
Have students create videos sharing about themselves and then create QR codes to display in the hallways for all community members to learn about each other.
I am Posters
Students in a 5th grade Spanish class wrote on white boards words to describe themselves. The poster in the middle says “I know who I am and I am full of possibilities”.
Where I’m from poems
Source: Iliana Sucre on Twitter
Poetry is another form of art. Consider showing Willow Smith’s “I am Me” music video to spark student thinking for their “I am” or “Where I’m From” poems.
Kindergarten students at Design 39 Campus share who they are on cardboard boxes that are hung from the ceiling to display who students are.
Inspired? Use the resources below to bring this learner-centered strategy to your learning community.