Creating Quality Blog

By samwilliamson - 10/19/2012 12:11 PM - Big Thought Fellows Program
The innaugural Big Thought Teaching Artist Fellowship Program is comprised of 10 community teaching artists committed to developing policy and professional practice that supports the growing field of teaching artistry. They will be led by renowned art educator Eric Booth, who will guide them in improving their practice, as well as learning to effectively mentor others.

This blog will represent their thoughts and experiences as they participate in the year long program. This will serve as a space for reflection, inspiration, and conversation. 

By creativity - 1/18/2012 11:25 AM - Creativity Across the Disciplines
This course, Creativity Across the Disciplines, will lead students through an exploration of how creativity is viewed in a variety of academic disciplines, and how it is practiced in a number of occupations.

The University of Texas at Dallas and Big Thought have collaborated to offer this course. Dr. Richard Scotch is the course professor. Jennifer Bransom and Krissi Oden from Big Thought will assist in teaching the class.

This blog will provide a space for students, instructors, guest speakers and other members of the creating quality community to share their thoughts, raise questions and pass on literature and links for additional inquiry.

By whatsnew - 10/18/2011 2:43 PM - What's New With CQ
The CQ, or the Creating Quality site, is a set of resources that are commonly owned and shared. Big Thought wants this site to operate like a "commons" or public park that locals and visitors use in a variety of ways. In Dallas, school district and cultural community members have invested almost 5 years creating the foundation of this site. Others around the country have weighed-in and informed our thinking as they’ve participated as National Quality Review Panelists or shared their challenges and wins as they’ve worked to improve quality in their communities. All are owners and co-laborers in this work. Many of you have been pursuing quality teaching and learning for a long time but we haven’t previously met. Others of you are new to this work and wondering where to dig-in and what holes might be avoided. This site serves as a common meeting ground for everyone to share and exchange ideas, thoughts and resources. Please let us know what you like about the site and where we can revise and improve....
By brosso - 10/17/2011 11:27 AM - Mr. Schue and the Six Dimensions--Exploring the educational ideas in Glee
If you’ve ever watched Glee and actually paid attention to how glee club advisor Will Schuester (affectionately known to students as Mr. Schue, and played charmingly by Matthew Morrison) teaches, beyond his amusing interpretations of 80s rap songs and his romantic dalliances with other school faculty, you’ll notice something.


He’s actually a pretty good teacher. At least according to the Six Dimensions of Quality Teaching and Learning developed by educators in Dallas. We’ve started watching Glee through a six-dimensional lens, and are pleasantly surprised at the quality of teaching that’s going on in this fictional Ohio classroom. In this blog we’ll explore some of the exceptional teaching and learning on Glee and what we can learn from it to incorporate into our own classrooms. We’ll also cast a more critical eye where Mr. Schue...

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