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.