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Arts Integration

Bringing the arts into core curricula raises student achievement and improves student engagement. Discover and share strategies for integrating the arts throughout core subject areas.

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    These inexpensive instruments can open up enriching experiences that guide elementary students to enjoy learning how to play music.
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  • Teaching Students How to Make Movies to Document Their Learning

    Using moviemaking as a form of engagement and assessment centers students’ voices.
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    Teachers can guide students to explore versatile tools like Flip and Seesaw in a range of assignments across the curriculum.
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    The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.
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  • 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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    When students draw something they’re learning about, they’re more likely to remember key details.
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  • 6 Museums With Exceptional Teacher Resources

    From full-fledged lesson plans and virtual field trips to expansive digital archives and opportunities for professional learning, museums have so much to offer beyond the in-person experience.
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  • Using Music During Instruction to Support Cognition

    Teachers can incorporate music in their classrooms in a variety of ways to enhance the cognitive processes that are essential to learning.
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  • Reinforcing Elementary Math Lessons With Movement

    Combining simple exercises with math instruction can help ensure that elementary school students remember these lessons.
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  • Transforming a School Through Arts Integration

    Structuring a school around the arts can help students excel academically and develop social and emotional skills.
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  • 5 Theater Games to Build Young Learners’ Executive Functioning

    Research finds that dramatic play games can help students develop self-control and improve their listening skills.
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  • How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students

    Visual note-taking allows information to be processed by the brain in three different ways.
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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.
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  • Art as Text: Bridging Literacy and the Arts

    Young students can apply language skills to learn to 'read art,' including their own work.
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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.
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