If there’s one thing that none of us have to spare, it’s time. That’s why “hacks” have become so popular. You see them everywhere: from grading to housekeeping and everything in between.
Now, I’m all for saving time and energy. Especially when it comes to something like Arts Integration which is often met with resistance, because people think it will take weeks of planning to accomplish. It doesn’t have to!
In today’s episode of SparkChasers, I’m going to share with you my top 4 hacks that have saved me too often to count. These ideas will help you kick off 2016 as an integration ninja! I’ll be sharing:
- How to keep everything in one place through a paper or digital binder (and which ones to use)
- The routine that makes a world of difference in getting your students engaged from the minute they come in.
- The specific ideas for what to do with the materials and resources that are required for arts integration lessons.
- A great idea for early finishers and extension lessons.
Oh…and don’t forget to comment below on how you spent your holiday break. Are you as happy to be going back as I am?
- Digital binder options include Three Ring or LiveBinders, as well as blog platforms like Weebly, WordPress and Blogger.
- Be sure to check out EdCloset writer Typhani Harris’ Grading Hacks – a hugely popular post from 2015.
- Need some ideas for what to include in your Arts Integration Cart or Closet? Try this Arts Integration Cart Checklist
Susan Riley is the founder and CEO of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and STEAM education.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.