Instructor Abena Robinson from Biscayne Gardens Elementary, shares her thoughts on the Page a at a Time 2009-10 Orientation workshop that took place October 2, 2009.
Page at a Time is a novel arts-integrated education program that explores the connections between art, history, and ideas. Responding to the desire to use the rich resources depicting social and political themes held in The Wolfsonian–Florida International University collection of modern art and design objects, museum educators and classroom teachers created Page at a Time in 1997. Over the years, the program has continued to develop tools to provide teachers with the teaching skills to empower enable students how to “read” and think critically about the visual images that increasingly populate daily life.
The premise for Page at a Time is simple: students in fifth- or sixth-grade classes create a collaborative book project that expounds on the theme of conflict and resolution. Each person contributes one page, which may take the form of a graphically combined written text and images or, more traditionally, the more traditional of text matched by accompanied by an illustration. A special student art exhibition in the lobby of the museum each spring showcases the original and amazing books each class creates—projects that stand as powerful tributes to the creativity of the students and their teachers.
Designed by Miami-Dade County public school teachers and museum educators as an interdisciplinary learning experience, Page at a Time strives to make students aware of the power of words and images, as it empowers them to become creative designers of books that reflect that knowledge.
From "Facing Conflict:10 Years of Page a at a Time" Introduction by Leslie Sternlieb.
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