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Explore and share tips, strategies, and resources for helping students develop in the arts.

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  • How Music Primes the Brain for Learning

    To reap the benefits of music on learning, kids need consistent and abundant musical practice, according to the latest cognitive research.
    Holly Korbey
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  • 7 Attention-Getters to Use Instead of Raising Your Voice

    These visual and audio cues can help middle and high school teachers quickly get students back on track.
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  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
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  • Assessing Student Understanding Through Drawings

    When students translate the concepts they're learning into visual representations, it reveals much about how deeply they understand the material.
    436
  • 11 Books to Encourage Creative Young Artists

    These stories about artists and illustrators known for their inventive use of materials encourage creativity in young learners.
    308
  • New Studies Link the Arts to Crucial Cognitive Skills

    What happens to our brains ‘on art’? New studies—often backed by brain imaging technology—are beginning to dial in on the answers.
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  • Rock On! How I Taught Focus to a Class That Wouldn’t Sit Still

    How an art project on making rock sculptures helped a class of first graders settle down and find their focus.
    19.3k
  • Helping Kids Celebrate Diversity Through Authentic Portraits

    When educators are intentional about teaching kids to see and represent differences, the students—and their works of art—blossom.
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  • Borrowing a Literacy Strategy From Band Class

    A band teacher explains how a process he uses to train budding musicians’ inner voice can be used to help struggling readers improve.
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  • Seizing Informal Moments to Deepen Student Learning in Music Classes

    Music teachers can support the learning process creatively and organically while staying focused on curriculum goals and standards.
    203
  • Exploring Perceptions About Identity Through Self-Portraits

    When students learn about each other’s identities, it helps them understand their own biases and prejudices, as well as build a space of respect and tolerance for all.
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  • Encouraging Dramatic Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

    A collection of picture books to guide dramatic play and foster students’ literacy and social and emotional skills.
    758
  • ‘The Show Must Go Online’: Arts Teachers Adapt to At-Home Instruction

    From laundry art to 'name that tune,' arts teachers are finding creative ways to transition to remote teaching.
    5k
  • 22 Simple Ideas for Harnessing Creativity in the Elementary Classroom

    Look through the door of one classroom and you might see the students hunched over, not engaged, even frowning. Look through the door of another classroom, and you might see a room full of lively students, eager, engaged and participating. What is the second teacher doing that the first one isn't? He or she is using creativity in that classroom.
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  • Creativity and Academics: The Power of an Arts Education

    Increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition are among the many reasons for teaching the arts.
    11.7k

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