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#CaArtsEdChat Every Wednesday

Join @PCrooks_VAPA and arts education experts from across the state for a Twitter Chat every Wednesday from 4 to 4:30 p.m. We are growing a statewide virtual professional learning community for educators, artists, and others passionate about arts education. Let’s chat about the new state arts standards, best practices, and the great things happening in your classes.

How to join

  1. Go to Twitter
  2. Search #CaArtsEdChat
  3. Click the blue Tweet button in the top right (or the blue quill in the bottom right on your phone)
  4. Start chatting!

How it works

  • The chat facilitator will ask questions (Q1, Q2, Q3, and Q4) to get the conversation started.

  • Anyone can answer using the #CaArtsEdChat and starting your tweet with A1, A2, A3, or A4 so everyone knows which question you're answering.

  • Like someone else's answer? Let them know with a like or a reply.

  • The facilitator will be retweeting and answering follow-up questions from participants. 

  • Don't be afraid to join in!

Twitter Chat Questions

September 11

Q1: Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat Introduce yourself with an image or story of #BecauseOfArtsEd. It is #ArtsEdWeek. Let’s celebrate!

Q2: As arts educators, we have to advocate for our programs. What have been some advocacy strategies that worked for you and your school? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdWeek

Q3: #CaArtsEdChat needs a logo. Sketch a design and share or describe what images you think represent #ArtsEd in California. #ArtsEdWeek

Q4:  The artistic process of Responding is all about understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning. What is your 1-minute story of Responding in the Arts? #CaArtsEdChat #ArtsEdWeek #BecauseOfArtsEd

September 18

Q1: Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat Respond with your name, location, and how you keep kids creative! #KeepKidsCreativeWeek 

Q2: "Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. How do you define intent and evaluation?

Q3: What opportunities do you provide for students to interpret intent and find meaning in works of art? CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  What systems or structures do you provide your students when discussing artistic intent and meaning? #CaArtsEdChat

September 25

Q1:  Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Respond with your name, location, and your favorite comic book character or series! #NationalComicBookDay

Q2: Responding Anchor Standard 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work. How do students use criteria in evaluating artistic work? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: In your classroom, who develops the criteria? Is it the teacher, students, or another source? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  What technology do you use in your classroom to support evaluation of learning and progress? #CaArtsEdChat

Archived chat questions.
You can see answers to previous chats by searching #CaArtsEdChat on Twitter. 

March 6

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share something unique.

Q2: What do you have planned to celebrate #ArtsinEducation Month?

Q3: Have you read the introduction to the new California Arts Standards? What did you think?

Q4: How do you feel about the California Arts Standards? Feel free to use a GIF to best express your feelings!

March 13

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a GIF representing the art discipline(s) you practice.

Q2: Highlights from #ArtsinEducation Month? Pictures? We want to celebrate with you!

Q3: What's an insight or "ah-ha!" or question you had from the introduction to the new California Arts Standards

Q4: There are four artistic processes: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responding, and Connecting. Which one has you feeling confident today? Got a video or pic to share?! 

March 20

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a quote that inspires you.

Q2: Highlights from #ArtsinEducation Month? Bring out those pictures and videos -- we want to celebrate with you!

Q3: What cross-curricular lesson ideas come to mind with the new California Arts Standards

Q4: Of the four artistic processes -- Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Responsing, and Connecting -- which one has you feeling inspired today? Tell us why.

March 27

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share how you used the new California Arts Standards in a conversation with colleagues this week.

Q2: Highlights from #ArtsinEducation Month? What are some ways we can keep the arts in education celebration going next month? 

Q3: What does artistic literacy mean to you? 

Q4: What's your favorite go-to teaching resource and why? (Don't forget to share a link.)

April 3

Q1: Hi!  Introduce yourself and share something unique.

Q2: What do you have planned to celebrate Arts, Culture & Creativity Month

Q3: What do you think about the Philosophical Foundations and Lifelong Goals in our new California Arts Standards

Q4: Poll: Do you know who your state representative/senator is in Sacramento? 

April 10

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a GIF representing your favorite art discipline!

Q2: What have you been doing to celebrate California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month? Share a pic if you've got one.

Q3: How do you actively create, perform, or respond to art in any form?

Q4: What opportunities exist for your students?

April 17

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share the last picture you took on your phone (if appropriate).

Q2: What have you been doing to celebrate California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month?

Q3: Name and tag some of your favorite VAPA or arts Twitter accounts that inspire you.  

Q4: How have you connected the arts to other content areas?

April 24

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself using only emojis or GIFs. 

Q2: Share a picture of an California Arts, Culture, and Creativity Month event you participated in and tell us about it!

Q3: What's your favorite lesson plan resource and why? (Don't forget to share a link!)

Q4: Where do you find your inspiration this time of year?

May 1

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a gif connected to #InternationalDrumMonth.  

Q2: Did you know May is National Chamber Music Month? If you are a music teacher share how you use small ensembles in your class using #ChamberMusicMonth and if you teach another discipline share how students work collaboratively in your classroom.

Q3: The original CA VAPA Standards are from the year 2001! What were you doing in education in the year 2001?

Q4: What has changed in education or in the world since 2001?

May 8

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself by sharing the most creative gift you’ve received for National Teacher Appreciation Week!

Q2: What types of final products do students complete in your classroom? Share an example!

Q3: How do your students share their learning? Share an example or resource you use!

Q4: Do you think students can create a product in an arts class without learning taking place? Why or why not?

May 15

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share how you can/do incorporate movement in your class in honor of Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Q2: What is your most successful strategy for increasing community participation in your arts events?

Q3: How do you let families know what content your students are learning in your arts classes?

Q4: How do you and your students document the learning process to share with the community?

May 22

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a selfie! We’re getting to know each other better and I think we should meet ;)

Q2: How are you planning to create, perform, or respond to art in any form this summer?

Q3: How do you generate creative ideas and make creative decisions?

Q4: Who is a classified employee who impacts your work and your students that you’d like to thank this week?

June 5

Q1: Welcome back to the #CaArtsEdChat everyone! Where are you joining in from today? Follow and use the #CaArtsEdChat to join in.

Q2: How do you learn more about the culture and traditions of your students? Give an example of how you utilize their experiences in your teaching.

Q3: As an artist, how does culture impact your creative choices or your response to art? Tell us a story!

Q4: June is graduation month.  Please share a photo of yourself at graduation or someone you know who recently graduated.

June 19

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Today we are going to focus on our own artistic literacy! Introduce yourself with a creative selfie!

Q2: How do you define the word creativity?

Q3: How do you develop your own creativity?

Q4: Share a photo of something you’ve created recently or a work of art you’ve connected with recently.

June 26

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself by sharing what superpower you believe would help you be more creative!

Q2: Share something you’ve created this week and tell us the inspiration for it!

Q3: What types of innovative thinking do you ask your students to engage in? Or do you engage in?

Q4: What books/blogs/podcasts about creativity would you recommend? 

July 3

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with a gif showing how you plan to spend the 4th of July holiday.

Q2: Share your reaction to this quote from Maya Angelou “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Q3: E.E. Cummings said “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” What strategies do you use to encourage students to believe in themselves? 

Q4: What artistic works (dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual art) evoke a sense of freedom for you?

July 10

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with a selfie. 

Q2: Did you know July is World Watercolor Month? Share a photo of a watercolor you’ve created or one from another artist. #WorldWatercolorMonth #CaArtsEdChat 

Q3: Harvey Mckay said “One sure-fire way to stay creative: force yourself to learn something new.” Share something new you have learned this summer or plan to learn? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Share your favorite quote about creativity. #CaArtsEdChat

July 17 

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with an emoji that best suits how you feel about your personal creativity level. #WorldEmojiDay 

Q2: If you could experience the arts at any time in history through time travel what destination and time period would you choose and why? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: I am @Comic_Con the rest of this week. What role do you see comics, film, tv, games, etc. playing in education? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: Batman doesn’t have any metahuman powers, but has surrounded himself with an amazing team. Who is on your VAPA Superhero Team? #CaArtsEdChat

July 24

Q1:  Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself by sharing a photo or image of something new you’ve experienced this summer.

Q2:  Check out this definition of creativity from Joe Landon @artsed411 and share your own definition of creativity. #CaArtsEdChat

Q3:  Do you believe creativity is something a person is born with or can be developed? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  How do you encourage creativity in your students and others you work with? #CaArtsEdChat

July 31

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Today we are going to chat about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) so please introduce yourself with a photo or gif that shows kindness. 

Q2: Theodore Roosevelt said “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” How do you model this mindset for your students? #CaArtsEdChat #ChooseKind #365daysofwonder @RJPalacio 

Q3: How do you see the arts as encouraging positive risk taking and flexibility in & outside the classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What arts educator has inspired you in your journey? Share a story with us! #CaArtsEdChat

August 7 

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself by sharing one classroom supply item you cannot live without! 

Q2: E.M. Forster said “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” Did you always plan on getting into arts education or did you have a different path? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: How do you see the arts nurturing hope and resiliency in & outside the classroom? ##CaArtsEdChat

Q4: What is one New School Year Resolution you are making for 2019-2020? #CaArtsEdChat

August 14 

Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself with by sharing a gif showing how you feel about the first day of school! Since it is #ElvisWeek, bonus points for using an Elvis gif. 

Q2:  How do you creatively share the Arts Standards with your students?  #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: How do you see the arts nurturing hope and resiliency in & outside the classroom? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  The Curriculum Framework Criteria Committee will complete their final meeting on Friday.  Let’s show our appreciation to the writers and the committee! #CaArtsEdChat

August 21

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo or gif describing how you feel about the first day of school. #CaArtsEdChat

Q2: How does engaging in creating art in any form enrich people’s lives? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What is the biggest challenge you are facing in your work today? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  Share a success story you’ve had in arts education recently. #CaArtsEdChat

August 28

Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo or gif describing how you feel about arts education. #CaArtsEdChat
Q2: Brené Brown says “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” How do you feel about this? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Share a first day of school mishap you’ve had as a student or educator. #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Share a first day of school success story. #CaArtsEdChat

September 4

Q1: Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Respond with your name, where you are from, and what you did this past Labor Day. Include a pic!

Q2: "Anchor Standard 7: Students will perceive and analyze work." How do you define perceive and analyze in your arts discipline? #CaArtsEdChat

Q3: What opportunities do you provide for students to perceive and analyze works of art? #CaArtsEdChat

Q4:  What elements of your arts discipline aid in perceiving and analyzing? #CaArtsEdChat