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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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  • Exploring the Beauty in Math

    In addition to teaching students about math facts and procedures, teachers can guide them to see it as a creative pursuit.
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  • Teaching Writing Through Landscape Paintings

    When students focus on what they can see, hear, touch, taste, and smell in a work of art, their imaginations—and their essay-writing skills—take flight.
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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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  • Set the Stage to Get Students Hooked on Shakespeare

    Encouraging student-led exploration and performance can help make Shakespeare’s plays accessible and fun for middle schoolers.
    344
  • Using Art to Teach Critical Literacy Skills

    Fusing the study of art and literary texts is a great way to foster analytic thinking in high school learners.
    417
  • A Crafting Project to Boost Engagement in History

    Having middle or high school students do historical research and show their learning on a 3D representation can spark deep interest.
    345
  • Art as a Pathway to SEL in School Counseling

    Introducing the arts into lessons can help students process their emotions and strengthen relationships in the classroom.
    317
  • 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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  • 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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  • Using Music in World Language Classes

    Listening to songs in the target language is an enjoyable way for students to improve their comprehension skills.
    252
  • 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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  • 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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  • How to Incorporate Visual Literacy in Your Instruction

    When students make observations, they learn how to describe what they see, interpret the images, and then make deeper connections.
    801
  • 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
  • 2019 Education Research Highlights

    Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? Here’s a look at the big questions that researchers tackled this year.
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