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.
Originally Published: April 16, 2013 | Updated: September 12, 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.
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.
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:
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."
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.