How does the PAIR Program benefit the community?
The PAIR Program is a necessity to the community because it helps create community.
“My students who are more aggressive and always want to go first tend to share tasks and work together instead of being all about self.”
From a PAIR student:
“They help me ‘see’ the math that I can’t really do and when they help the other kids, that helps me too.”
Through arts integration instruction in the classroom, students are required to think critically, consider more than one solution to a problem, express themselves, and plan collaboratively. They will practice these skills in their everyday learning. It will simply become the way they learn. Creative “soft skills” that are usually not included in state standards will be instrumental in the arts integrated class. The relationship of the art and the core content is symbiotic— they serve each other. The PAIR Program introduces a process by learning, not a product that will be created by a particular deadline.
“My students are noticing that they have to be able to work with different types of people.”
Rehearsing artistic skills regularly will also help students apply those habits outside their classrooms in their family lives and neighborhoods. Over the last twenty years, families who have students attend the Springer Theatre Academy have said again and again how instrumental their child’s learning has been to the health of their family. The same is true with PAIR. Children learn to relate to others through the arts. The group becomes most important—not the individual—and students learn to serve the group before themselves. Respect and empathy drive interactions, and students learn to think before judging someone else’s contribution. This is the foundation of neighborhood—that people are encouraged to work together, speak to each other and celebrate a common cause.
“Learning takes a lot of teamwork! It allows my students to work collaboratively as much as possible. We are working as a team in learning!”
Partnering PAIR Specialists with classroom teachers not only supports the expertise of classroom teachers, but it also helps teachers to plan, teach and assess creatively. Teachers also develop stronger relationships with each other because they are struggling, creating and learning together. Building this partnership over time builds trust, respect, and risk taking between teacher and Specialist and teachers in the school.
“I love how the PAIR staff is involved at our school. Bridging those community organizations provides real learning opportunities for our teachers and students.”
“As a superintendent, I see many curricular enhancement programs and can recognize those that truly have merit; one that truly impacts the lives of children. The PAIR arts integration project is one such program.”
The community of Columbus is invested in this project. We recognize that successful students and teachers mean a successful future of our community. Combining the resources of community institutions will result in a deep impact in schools and their communities and provide an even richer relationship for the program to continue to grow. PAIR is a wise investment in our children and our future.
When people create together, they relate to each other and invest in their community, whether that is the classroom, their neighborhood, their professional peers or their city.