Teaching Art Virtually in the Wake of COVID-19

In the second episode of Demco’s Open Book Webcast, Mandy Stringer shares how she handled teaching art classes remotely earlier this spring at Performing Institute of Minnesota Arts High School (PIM).

Just as Mandy kicked off a new quarter of classes, PIM switched from in-person to remote learning. PIM strives to be a safe and happy community for its gifted art students; however, some students understandably struggled with the isolation of remote learning. When her students disengaged from classwork, Mandy reached out with phone calls. She soon realized that she needed to infuse her lessons with social-emotional support.

“For the final exam,” said Mandy, “I wanted them to reflect on what they did well and focus on challenges they overcame. I wanted them to close [the year out] feeling successful.”

Watch the full interview below to see what teaching strategies Mandy will use going forward and hear her candidly share her concerns about the upcoming school year — as an educator and a parent.

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Liz Bowie

Liz Bowie

Marketing Content Manager at Demco, Inc.
Liz is the Marketing Content Manager for Demco. Her background includes editorial management and product development of innovative and time-saving tools for schools and libraries, with an emphasis on Common Core, literacy and math. The products she and her team have developed, including classroom games, learning centers and professional development resources, have garnered 46 industry awards for excellence in education. Liz is passionate about promoting literacy through her work and the work of others. If you are interested in sharing your ideas and programming tips on Demco’s Ideas and Inspiration blog or have ideas for topics you’d like to see covered, contact Liz at lizb@demco.com