It is of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence that I was able to conceptualize the dance festival and art exhibit in my MAPE classes. Gardner, emphasized in his theory that intelligence is not solely defined by mental tests as tests don’t capture all the ways humans can excel. Amenable to this, I kept thinking of a perfect avenue where my students could show their skills, talents, and pretty much the potentials that I may have failed to discover in our class. Thus, the "Young Marians' Dance Festival & Art Exhibit 2015".
One of its objectives is to showcase in a capsule most of my lessons in MAPE 4, 5, and 6. But more than that, it also aims to showcase the young Marians’ creativity, gracefulness, and deep appreciation to the Philippine culture.
Few pictures of the preparations before the festival
During the festival
On each table are different artworks such as pots made of clay, origami, carvings made of soap, masks, and plates of various themes. The art exhibit is also a real-life integration of most of our lessons in arts; from linear perspective drawing, to distortion, to pottery, carving, and many others.
Everything that transpired in the program was all the effort of the students---only with my supervision. It was"student-centered" to exactly phrase it as it was the students themselves who decorated the stage, emceed the event, made the video presentation showing the activities we did in our class, wrote the impression speeches, etc.
If it wasn't because of the program I wouldn't have seen how way responsible, creative, and amazing my students can be. And it is truly fulfilling as their teacher to be able to witness that. I hope that this may serve as a tiny inspiration to teachers out there---to continuously bring out the best of every student. :)