Drawing from the Well

Connecting School to Community

Welcome to the Drawing from the Well program. We're excited to offer you a comprehensive educational program that integrates academic learning, community research, technology skills and creative expression for the benefit of students, teachers and community members.

Essentially, Drawing From The Well teaches students to work cooperatively to collect oral histories and turn the information into radio shows, web sites, publications or exhibitions. In the process, students learn to ask good questions, research a topic, explore new media technologies and become better connected to their community.

The success of this program depends upon the willingness of teachers and students to enter into a new paradigm of learning, a process where students initiate and develop their own interests with the support and facilitation of their teachers. Our fundamental belief is when students are excited about learning, they will have the drive and perseverance to accomplish goals.

As one 7th grade student stated after participating for a year in Drawing from the Well, "We learned a whole lot and we didn't even know we were learning." Having the opportunity to feed the spark of enthusiasm and the mastery of new skills is the contagious hook of this program.

We invite you to thumb through this material, pick and choose what suits you or follow the process we have mapped out. The Drawing from the Well curriculum is a successful way of teaching language arts, social studies, bilingual education and communication technologies.

By the end of this project, students will become more confident and demonstrative about their learning. They will experience the benefit of working hard, seeing the fruits of their labor and having a sense of accomplishment as the larger community appreciates their effort.

Feel free to adapt the lessons to suit your needs and let us know how this curriculum works for you.

To purchase copies of the Drawing from the Well curriculum and/or video/DVD go to the back page of this curriculum guide for ordering information.

This curriculum was developed for the Museum of New Mexico's Office of Statewide Programs and
Education and with the support of these Community Partners:
PeƱasco Independent Schools
Sangre de Cristo Community and Schools Consortium
La Jicarita Enterprise Community
New Mexico Commission on Higher Education
Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations
Northern New Mexico ENLACE
Center for Service Learning Opportunities in Education
New Mexico Arts
Museum of New Mexico Foundation
Bread for the Journey
Viewpoint Productions

You can find more videos on the intro page of each chapter and on the videos page.