Needs some helpful tips, tools and resources for teaching ideas in your classroom?  Here’s our collection of arts integration and STEAM insights that will make teaching and learning more engaging and meaningful.  Plus, everything is incredibly practical so you can use what you learn right away.  Enjoy exploring these creative teaching ideas!

Process Drama Ideas to Try

By | 2017-12-21T11:01:48+00:00 January 1st, 2018|

  Process drama is to Theater as Choose Your Own Adventure Books are to Reading. It's a teaching strategy that leaves behind most conventions of educational theater, allowing students to experience a constructed situation firsthand.     This strategy [...]

Find Your WHY for the New Year

By | 2017-12-21T10:13:56+00:00 January 1st, 2018|

The New Year is upon us. It’s a time for all things new:  new attitude, new commitments, new ideas in the classroom... We make promises to ourselves in the form of a New Year’s resolutions, some of us even [...]

Telling Stories with Sound

By | 2017-11-16T08:47:20+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

Sound is all around us.  It surrounds us as we go about our daily lives.  At any given moment we could be listening to pleasant sounds or not-so-pleasant sounds.  We become so used to these environmental sounds that, indeed, [...]

A Case for Culinary Arts

By | 2017-11-16T08:53:41+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  Tucked away in a corner of our originally-a-bomb-shelter middle school, next to the technology lab, stood a room lined with ovens, sinks and cabinets, forming 12 miniature kitchens. Culinary Arts was a mandatory class for all 7th grade [...]

Looking for the Lonely

By | 2017-11-15T15:07:42+00:00 December 1st, 2017|

  It is difficult sometimes to find the time to address the silent thoughts of our students. We are always running around with supplies or putting out fires, not even pausing to take a breath and realize that there [...]

The Art of Creating Community

By | 2017-10-27T11:42:27+00:00 November 1st, 2017|

  As teaching-artists and artist-teachers, every September we have bestowed upon us a fresh group of learners, yet it is up to us to facilitate the creation of a community.  Often times we start the year with the “getting [...]

The Sounds of Science

By | 2017-09-26T11:17:04+00:00 October 1st, 2017|

Being a musician and a STEAM teacher, I bet you'll never guess what my favorite unit of study is...  yep, you got it - the science of sound.  Every since I first laid eyes on an oscilloscope during my [...]

The Elements of Art Anchor Charts

By | 2017-08-22T06:55:42+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

One of the easiest ways to access the arts in the classroom is through the Elements of Art, Music, Drama, Design and Dance.  Each art form has a set of basic elements that are interwoven throughout the curriculum. What's [...]

Notans: Arts Integration Idea

By | 2017-06-30T10:24:59+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

Notans are perfect for symmetry, problem solving, critical thinking, Elements of Art, and can fit into any content area. You start with just a simple square of paper and it expands into an exciting work of art.  If you're [...]

Educator as Artist

By | 2017-06-30T10:13:54+00:00 July 1st, 2017|

“Oh, you are going to the Kusama Infinity Room at the Hirshorn this weekend?” “I wish I could go visit- I’ve been bringing up that art in my artful thinking routines all week but I’m stuck under a pile [...]