Grades K-8, Storytelling & Historical Interpretation, Teaching experience with a wide range of age groups
DISCIPLINE // Storytelling & Historical Interpretation
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION // Professional development training for educators (K-12) and short-term residencies (K-8)
Be your own guest speaker using historical interpretation–acting as someone from history. Educators will learn how to present short, informative, and engaging lessons on any topic to students of any age from a historic figure’s point of view. Students will love seeing you step into a character–Common Core doesn’t have to be a common bore! You could introduce the coordinate graphing system as Rene Descartes, learn the importance of hand washing and food safety from ‘Typhoid Mary’ Mallon, or engross President Lincoln in a debate about slavery. Increase engagement and practice higher level thinking skills through this creative and naturally interdisciplinary pedagogical tool.
BIO // Jodi has worked with students from pre-school through college, and currently teaches in a 4th/5th grade Montessori classroom at a Title I school. She has presented at conferences, including the MEA-MFT Teachers Convention, AGATE Gifted and Talented Conference, and the OPI Title I Conference. Jodi has served as a Media Literacy consultant for MT OPI, was recognized as the History Teacher of the Year for the State of Montana in 2013, and is currently working on the Teacher Leaders in the Arts Initiative through the Montana Arts Council and MT OPI.
ARTIST STATEMENT // The Arts can be found at the core of every subject. Every little piece of information we want students to learn must be communicated somehow; the very act of teaching is performance art. Harness the arts to take your classroom from bland and boring to a laboratory of movement, singing, playing, performing, making, and creating. Students learn by doing, so tap into their imaginations through their senses. If they can see, hear, taste, smell, and touch, then they can understand, appreciate, and remember. Students are engaged and teachers fight burnout by infusing their lessons with visual and performance art.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDITS // Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, Carroll College (with Minors in Middle School Teaching, History for Secondary Education, and Visual Arts with an Area of Concentration in Ceramics). Member of the Carroll College Talking Saints Forensics Team (collegiate speech and debate), American Forensics Association All American Team (one of 17 competitors in the nation).
Montessori Teaching Certifications, North American Montessori Center, Levels I and II (ages 6-9 and 9-12).
Masters of Arts, Integrated Art for Education, Creative Pulse Program, University of Montana.
GRADE LEVELS // K-8
BADGES EARNED //
The Kennedy Center Foundation in Arts Integration: 2015
Arts Transform Communities: Montana Arts Integration Conference 2018