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Essential Question

On Monday, March 5, the team got together to hash out the meaning of our essential question.  The team discussed, at great length, the meaning of culture and learning.  Each of us, to no surprise, came at this from a different perspective.  We talked a lot about the meaning of culture and learning.  Most of the folks in the group had a difficulty in understanding the true essence of culture.  So, our team leader decided to go to Wikipedia.com to define culture.  She posted this on the whiteboard:

  • Excellence of taste in fine arts and humanities, also known as high culture
  • An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning
  • The set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization, or group

We then decided that there was indeed a CULTURE OF LEARNING.  Unless an environment (a culture) supports learners to make new knowledge their own, authentic learning will never take place.

With this under out belt, we tweaked our essential question as:  How can art illustrate a culture of learning?

The next step in this process is to set up a wiki that has pages for each of the team members to post what their individual students are doing with the essential question.  You can find that wiki at: http://www.plpartandcraft.wikispaces.com

On each page of the wiki, each team member will post sub questions that their  individual classes come up with.  The questions will be posted on their class page.

In addition, teach team member will also post state or common core standards that they will meet as the project plays out.

The recording for this meeting can be heard at:  http://elluminate.iu13.org/play_recording.html?recordingId=1261166750998_1330950285718


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