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Arts Integration: Resource Roundup

All points of arts integration -- from implementation in the classroom and engaging students, to linking the arts with core curriculum -- are covered in this roundup of useful Edutopia blogs, articles, and videos.

Linking Arts and Core Curriculum

  • Travel Journals: Student-Created Textbooks, by Edutopia Staff (2014)

    Each student at Normal Park Museum Magnet School creates a unique “travel journal” to explore the themes of science and social studies units.

  • Simulations Can Change the Course of History . . . Classes, by Matt Levinson (2014)

    Levinson shares a professional development tactic from master history teacher Eric Rothschild, describing how, by engaging his AP European history class in role play, he brought the subject to life for the students.

  • Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content, by Brett Vogelsinger (2014)

    As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.

  • 8 Ways to Use Music in the Language Arts Classroom, by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2014)

    Wolpert-Gawron suggests ideas for bringing music into your language arts classroom such as using commercial jingles to teach persuasive writing techniques.

  • They Do Call It a "Play," Don't They? by Raleigh Werberger (2014)

    Werberger, a high school history and humanities teacher, shares a lesson plan for incorporating classical Greek drama into a project-based learning unit, and folding kinesthetic learning into a study of history and language.

  • Project-Based Learning as a Context for Arts Integration, by Andrew Miller (2013)

    Miller shares how PBL can serve as a dynamic context for arts integration.

  • Use Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core, by Susan Riley (2012)

    Riley, an arts-integration specialist, looks at some of the ways teaching with the arts can meet and enhance Common-Core requirements. For more on how to align arts-integrated lessons to the Common Core, read these other blog posts on Edutopia:

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Arts as Enrichment

  • The Student Side of Making, by Gayle Allen (2014)

    Any discussion about the educational benefits of a Maker curriculum should include the student experience of learning self-direction, withholding judgment, and persistence.

  • Mixed-Ability Dance: Helping Students With Special Needs Grow and Learn, by Karen Peterson (2013)

    Dance-company founder Peterson shares the inspiring benefits of inclusive dance education for students with disabilities.

  • Mirror on the Wall: Public Art and the Face(s) of Youth, by Melanie Manuel (2012)

    High school teachers Joshua Block and Manuel helped their students find visibility and voices through a public art project on a Philadelphia street.

  • Visual Art as Critical Thinking, by Andrew Miller (2011)

    In this blog post, Miller celebrates teachers who engage their students' cognitive abilities through creative methods.

  • Use Music to Develop Kids' Skills and Character, by Maurice Elias (2011)

    Elias writes about the connection between music, learning, retaining information, and emotional development. Another great Edutopia resource for music in academics is the video, "Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement."

  • We Are All Artists, by Joshua Block (2014)

    Block reflects on the innate human ability for creative expression and shares six arts-integration strategies through which he helps his students understand that they, too, are artists. To learn more about how to create classroom environments that facilitate creative expression, check out the following blog posts, and visit Edutopia’s Creativity page.

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Making, Art, and Technology

  • How the Maker Movement Is Moving Into Classrooms, by Vicki Davis (2014)

    From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education. Read more about how educators are harnessing the energy of the maker movement to fuel student exploration across multiple subjects, including the arts, by visiting Edutopia’s Maker Education page.

  • Computers and Fabrication: Revolutionizing the Art World, by Mary Beth Hertz (2013)

    Hertz opens our eyes to the evolving world of art and how creativity, now more than ever, holds an important place in our children's education.

  • Kids Like Blues: Using Music and Video to Rock Your Classroom, by Jon Schwartz (2012)

    Schwartz, a teacher and musician, tells the amusing and inspiring story (with generous video examples) of how he turned the blues into an effective pedagogy for his first graders.

  • Integrating Daily Poetry in the Classroom: 5 Tools to Support Your Efforts, by Brett Vogelsinger (2014)

    Vogelsinger shares five of the tools he's used to integrate daily poetry into his ninth-grade English class, including strategies from Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor, and a refrigerator magnet app. To explore more tools and websites related to supporting the integration of poetry with technology, take a look at these other blog posts:

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From STEM to STEAM

  • STEM is Jambalaya, by Ainissa Ramirez (2014)

    Maybe it's time to start thinking of STEM as a new subject instead of breaking it down to identify the science, technology, engineering, and math. Ramirez discusses the synthesis of these elements and how “A” for the arts provides the last missing piece.

  • STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup, by Ashley Cronin (2014)

    Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.

  • Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through "Making" by AnnMarie Thomas (2012)

    An engineering professor and former executive director of the Maker Education Initiative describes how the Maker Movement is engaging STEM students in new ways.

  • PBL and STEAM Education: A Natural Fit, by Andrew Miller (2014)

    Miller looks at the enhanced possibilities of using 21st-century skills to engage students with real-world challenges through combining the pedagogical model of PBL with the rich content area of STEAM.

  • STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 Is Key to Strong Economy, by John Maeda (2012)

    Maeda, President of Rhode Island School of Design, makes a convincing case for adding art to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics curriculum -- and turning STEM into STEAM.

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Other Resources From Edutopia

  • Partner with Local Arts Organizations, by Edutopia Staff (2014)

    Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical-thinking and collaboration skills. For more information on how to pursue collaborations that support arts integration, you may also want to read Joshua Block’s "Creating Successful Collaborations."

  • School Transformation Through Arts Integration, by Edutopia Staff (2012)

    Critical thinking, risk taking, and collaboration -- along with academics and discipline -- are just some of the areas where Bates Middle School educators report big improvements since integrating the arts across all subject areas. Be sure to watch the video, "Integrate the Arts, Deepen the Learning," and read about the evidence behind their approach in "A Research-Based Approach to Arts Integration."

  • Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration, by Doug Keely (2012)

    Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

  • Executive Function, Arts Integration, and Joyful Learning, by Judy Willis (2012)

    Willis continues her series about the neuroscience of executive function, this time examining the effects of creativity and arts integration.

  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who's Doing It Best, by Fran Smith (2009)

    In this article, Smith discusses the importance of art and music for student development, the connection between arts education and academic achievement, and efforts to revive arts education in schools.

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Ashley Cronin's picture
Ashley Cronin
Digital Resource Curator at Edutopia
Staff

Ran across a story last week from NPR about several previously non-verbal and/or only occasionally verbal students who learned to express themselves through song at band practice. The story underscored for me how powerful and important the arts can be as an avenue of expression for some students. Here's the link to check it out: http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/06/11/320882414/ipads-allow-kids-with-c...

Robyn Hill's picture

Can't tell you how much I appreciate this article with organized sites and apps. Thanks for integrating common core and arts and making it applicable.

Ashley Cronin's picture
Ashley Cronin
Digital Resource Curator at Edutopia
Staff

Robyn, glad to hear these resources are of use!

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