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

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  • Encouraging Social and Emotional Learning Through the Arts

    Elementary students can build a sense of community and awaken a lifelong interest in the arts with these simple classroom strategies.
    Elizabeth Peterson
    461
  • The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning

    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
    64.9k
  • 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.
    10.5k
  • 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.
    16.1k
  • 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.
    3.9k
  • 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.
    7.4k
  • 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.
    13.2k
  • 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.
    2.7k
  • ‘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.
    5.1k
  • Nature Learning in All Seasons

    Integrating nature into art and math can foster a relationship between students and their environment as they learn about seasonal changes.
    229
  • 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.
    2.6k
  • Why Arts Education Is Crucial, and Who’s Doing It Best

    Art and music are key to student development.
    19.1k
  • The Power of Undo in Digital Art

    When students make artwork digitally, they find new ways to take risks, build confidence, and get creative.
    2.5k
  • 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.
    10.3k
  • 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.
    844

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