The purpose of Edluministic Learning is to spark critical thinking, a passion for knowledge and independent learning through a combined method of arts-integration and problem-based learning to meet the needs of creative, twice-exceptional students. Many of these individuals are designated as gifted or twice-exceptional (2e) and can be considered at-risk. Through extensive observation over 10 years, the author has found that this population of students learns directly opposite the way the traditional lesson plan structure, based upon Bloom’s taxonomy, has been created. Instead of learning facts and a sequence of information leading towards the greater concept, our targeted population has strong conceptional skills and abstract reasoning and very poor concrete, sequential skills, therefore these students are most successful with a program starting with the concepts and working backwards to learn the facts and order.
The Edluministic Learning methodology integrates the performing and visual arts and problem based learning as the core of its teaching strategy. Problem-based learning strategies are used to bring an issue of concern to the students and to have them come to their own conclusions through inductive reasoning. Students are guided to find the research required to master the information and then they are to express their findings not only through a paper, but through artistic expression, which may include performing a short play, a painting, cooking a meal, producing a song and/or shooting a film. The visual and performing arts are incorporated into each lesson as a way to process the information. Organization is taught through art. Empathy, cooperation and spatial awareness is taught through theater. Timing is explored through music and script writing through film is used to enable the student to express thoughts.
Edluministic Learning involves having students work collaboratively with their peers through theatrical plays, musical interludes, art projects, research assignments and presentations utilizing technology and public speaking skills. Instead of filling out worksheets and taking chapter tests, students are assessed by their classroom participation and completion of projects incorporating writing, technology and the arts allowing mastery of the concept and individual and collective creativity to be unleashed. The methodology begins with an issue to be solved through inductive reasoning. Students are given examples of the issue and it is for the teacher to guide the student to develop observation skills, determine patterns and substantiate a conclusion. The processing segment of the lesson is conducted through the arts (visual and/or performing) rather than using worksheets, memorization of flashcards, etc. Whether it be determining how and why the pyramids were built in Egypt, the best way to repair a painting in chemistry, writing a script on the current political situation in Guatemala (in Spanish of course), or solutions for managing a budget, students will need to think, collect data, synthesize, analyze and come up with their own solutions through creative, higher-order thinking means and artistic self-expression.
Edluministic Learning meets the academic, creative and emotional needs of the student. The philosophy and methodology can be used to implement most standard curricula and standards.
Edluministic Learning has been developed exclusively at Conservatory Prep Schools
Conservatory Prep Schools
5850 S. Pine Island Road
Davie, Florida 33328
By: Wendy Hirsch Weiner, Ed.D. principal