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
- Go to Twitter
- Search #CaArtsEdChat
- Click the blue Tweet button in the top right (or the blue quill in the bottom right on your phone)
- 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
Q1: Greetings. Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Today is #EducationalSupportProfessionalsDay. Introduce yourself and give a shout out to the school support staff that supports your classroom and students.
Q2: “Creating Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic work.” How do you have students organize and develop artistic work? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: What structures or systems do you have in place to support student organization or development of work? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: On a scale of 1-5, how comfortable are you with the Creating standards. Share your strengths and growth areas. #CaArtsEdChat
Q1: Greetings. Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat. Tell us your name and where you are from. Include a gif of how you are feeling this Wednesday.
Q2: “Creating Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.” How do you have students refine and complete artistic work? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: #DaVinci said “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” In your class, do you complete, refine, or abandon work? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Do you use a rubric, self-assessment, or another tool when completing a student-created project? Tell us about it or share. #CaArtsEdChat
Day before Thanksgiving - We are going to be light-hearted!
Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat. Introduce yourself only using emojis!
Q2: It’s #NationalJukeboxDay. Here is your nickel! ◯ What song are you playing? Will you dance with us? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Who or what are you grateful for in #ArtsEd? Shout it out! #NationalGratitudeMonth #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: What themes would you like to discuss in future #CaArtsEdChat?
Archived chat questions.
You can see answers to previous chats by searching #CaArtsEdChat
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!
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?!
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.
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.)
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?
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?
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 24Q1: 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 1Q1: 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?
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 15Q1: 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?
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?
Welcome back to the #CaArtsEdChat
everyone! Where are you joining in from today? Follow and use the #CaArtsEdChat
to join in.
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.
As an artist, how does culture impact your creative choices or your response to art? Tell us a story!
June is graduation month. Please share a photo of yourself at graduation or someone you know who recently graduated.
Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat
! Today we are going to focus on our own artistic literacy! Introduce yourself with a creative selfie!
How do you define the word creativity?
How do you develop your own creativity?
Share a photo of something you’ve created recently or a work of art you’ve connected with recently.
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?
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?
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
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? #CaArtsEdChatJuly 24
Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat
! Introduce yourself by sharing a photo or image of something new you’ve experienced this summer.
Check out this definition of creativity from Joe Landon @artsed411
and share your own definition of creativity. #CaArtsEdChat
Do you believe creativity is something a person is born with or can be developed? #CaArtsEdChat
How do you encourage creativity in your students and others you work with? #CaArtsEdChat
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
Q1: Welcome to #CaArtsEdChat! Introduce yourself by sharing one classroom supply item you cannot live without!
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
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
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
: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo or gif describing how you feel about arts education. #CaArtsEdChat
: Brené Brown says “There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” How do you feel about this? #CaArtsEdChat
: Share a first day of school mishap you’ve had as a student or educator. #CaArtsEdChat
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
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
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
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
Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with your name and location. Get connected with another person by commenting on their response to Q1! #CaArtsEdChat
Q2: Connecting is one of the four Artistic Processes in the new CA Arts Standards. Can you name the other three? (Hint look here: https://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/vapacontentstds.asp) #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: Connecting = Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. What opportunities do you provide for your students to do this in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Oct. 5 is World Teachers’ Day and the theme is Young Teachers: The Future of the Profession. What can you do to celebrate, support and encourage a new teacher? Tag at least one new teacher in your tweet. #CaArtsEdChat #WorldTeachersDay
Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with your name and a photo of you connecting with a colleague. #CaArtsEdChat
“Anchor Standard 10: Students will synthesize and relate knowledge and
personal experience to make art.” What opportunities do you provide for
students to do this in your classroom? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: How do you connect your knowledge to personal experiences into your own art making? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: This is National Carry a Tune Week. How do you connect singing to lessons you are teaching? #CaArtsEdChat
Hi! Introduce yourself with your name and how your boss supports
#ArtsEd in honor of National Boss’ Day. Remember to tag your boss and/or
school! #CaArtsEdChat #BossDay
“Anchor Standard 11: Students will relate artistic ideas and works with
societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.”
What opportunities do you provide for students to do this in your
Share a favorite lesson where students are able to relate artistic
ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen
their understanding. #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Yesterday was World Students’ Day. How do you connect with your students to build healthy classroom relationships? #CaArtsEdChat
Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself and share a photo or gif of how connecting with the arts makes you feel. #CaArtsEdChat
Q2: Tell us about a favorite lesson you use where students make personal connections to the art you are studying. #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: “Artistically literate citizens seek artistic experiences and support the arts in their local, state, national, and global communities.” How do you do this and encourage your students to do the same? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: Did you know the draft CA Arts Framework is out for public review? How do you plan to participate in this process? #CaArtsEdChat
Q1: Hi! Introduce yourself with a photo of your favorite costume. Bonus points if it is a photo of a costume you created! #CaArtsEdChat
Q2: How do you connect lessons with cultural celebrations? #CaArtsEdChat
Q3: What is your favorite piece of art, music, dance, or theatre? How do you connect with it? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: On a scale of 1-5, how comfortable do you feel with the California Arts Standards: Connecting? (1 is low and 5 is high) #CaArtsEdChat
Hi! Welcome to the #CaArtsEdChat
. It is #SaxophoneDay. Introduce yourself and show us your favorite saxophonist, art, or song.Q2:
"Creating Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work." How do you have students generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work? #CaArtsEdChatQ3:
In your classroom, how do you capture conceptualizing and/or brainstorming? #CaArtsEdChat
Q4: What technology do you use in your classroom to support creating? #CaArtsEdChat