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Do we have time for the arts?

Stephen Hurley Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

Here's a type of "information-gathering" question that might start us off!

Does your school district have time requirements or recommendations for the arts? The district in which I am currently working has indicated that 90 minutes per week for the arts should be considered minimum.

What is the situation in your District?

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I have my vocal music specialist and thanks to the increased planning time, I am finally able to use it. I am a .5 SERC, .1 SERT and .4 Planning Time teacher. It was my choice to teach music. I go into 3 primary classes, 2 times a week to teach music. Since this would be too much for the entire year, we have also decided that I will teach drama. So I will report on Music first term, Music and Drama second term and Drama third term. Classroom teachers do their own Art.
I must admit I love it!!! This is one of the few times I have been able to use my music qualifications besides in an extra-curricular way such as choir or musicals. I always wanted to be a music consultant but our board got rid of those the year I finished my specialist level. Bummer......
I wonder with the advent of more planning time if we can finally have teachers teaching their specialties. It would be so much more beneficial for the students and less stressful for the teachers.

Middle School teacher by day, Tweenteacher by night

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I thought this article from the Christian Science Monitor might be applicable to this conversation:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/1026/p09s01-coop.html

I taught drama for years, bringing Shakespeare to ELD students and English Only students alike. We also did musical theater, making history come alive for those kids. The arts have a place inside and outside the classroom.

Now, I'm a Speech and Debate teacher for two periods a day, my students are an award-winning team, and they range from at-risk to honors students. The arts levels the playing the field and creates a common language for kids who would otherwise never share classes together.
-Heather Wolpert-Gawron

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I am an elementary educator that has always integrated the arts. I've told stories, enacted plays, taught poetry, incorporated art across the curriculum, played creative movement games, and had music activities. Currently I am substituting, and I try to find ways to integrate the arts even when I'm only there for a day. Recently I asked my son's principal why the school had music, science,library and p.e. specialists, but no weekly art specialist. (Although the parent organization does hire an artist to visit each classroom twice during the school year.) He told me that art is not tested on the annual state test, and so that is why the district can not spare the resources to provide a specialist in that area. Personally I think that is a tragedy for the district's students. I integrate the arts, because I have an affinity for them, and because I believe wholeheartedly in their ability not only to address varying learning styles, but to make learning engaging. I believe the arts are part of a basic education, and not a frill. I strongly believe that we would have greater student achievement and interest in school if the arts were a fundamental basic integrated across the curriculum. I think we're wasting our student's time if we don't make time for the arts!
Frances Rice

Here's a wonderful article by University of Alaska professor Jason Ohler that you might be interested in reading:

Art Becomes the 4th R. Education Leadership Journal, 2000. Published by ASCD.

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I Enjoy Art But I Dont Teach It But I Know How it Brings Your Imagination Alive So I Enjoy Painting Makeing Statues And Most Of All Drawing I write Songs Which Help Me Expresse MySelf

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I Enjoy Art But I Dont Teach It But I Know How it Brings Your Imagination Alive So I Enjoy Painting Makeing Statues And Most Of All Drawing I write Songs Which Help Me Expresse MySelf

I am a half-time music

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I am a half-time music teacher and half-time district arts coordinator for our rural school district. More and more each year I see how the arts impact students in a positive way and I know that I can't teach music without involving math, science, history and life skills, so I'm puzzled that other teacher don't do the same. However, I'll just keep advocating for the arts whenever I can. Our district has implemented professional learning communities in the elementary schools and deemed that hour and half specialist time which includes P.E., computer, library and the arts. So it's kind of the back door approach, but whatever works. It's my job to train these paraprofessionals in classroom management and assessment strategies and I really love working with such talented and dedicated people.The arts have always been about expression and creating from what is around you, I guess the same can be said about keeping the arts in the curriculum.

I am an art professor at

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I am an art professor at St.Edward's University in Austin Texas. I teach studio courses and on Arts for Children course for future teachers and those interested in this class.I am interested in reading about the successes that teachers have in incorporating the arts in the curriculum. I have 25 years experience in the Austin ISD.

Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

Arts For Children Course

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Hi Donald,

I would love to hear more about the Arts for Children course. What is the focus of the course? What is your philosophy or vision for arts in schools? I would love to hear about some of the work that you are doing!

stephen

Grade Eight Teacher, Group Moderator, Facilitator/teacher arts@newman

Articles on the arts

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Quote:

Frances Rice

Here's a wonderful article by University of Alaska professor Jason Ohler that you might be interested in reading:

Art Becomes the 4th R. Education Leadership Journal, 2000. Published by ASCD.

Hi Francis,

Thanks for the article reference. I would love to hear about more articles like this.

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I teach band 5-8 and in our 5th and 6th grade center where our kids only get 90 minutes a week for art and music, but then in middle school (7th and 8th grade) they get 45 minutes every day. The 7th and 8th grade classes show great progress, but the classes I only see for 90 minutes a week are a constant struggle.

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