Common Core and the Arts Series 2017-06-08T11:52:48+00:00

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Arts Integration Inspired by Paul Klee’s Once Emerged from the Gray of Night, 1918

If your students are anything like mine, they love a good "search and find". Books like "I Spy" and "Where's Waldo" fly off of my shelves, and they devour word searches when I provide them. I thought I would capitalize on this engagement by having students create their own through fine art. Once Emerged from the Gray of Night by Paul Klee is a perfect mentor painting for this type of activity. Paul Klee was [...]

By | June 1st, 2017|

The Rule of 18 – It’s Something to Fret About

Have your ever sat down and watched a violinist play?  No, I mean REALLY watched them play?  You know, studied their fingers, hand position, and tried to make sense of it all?  It's simply amazing how their brain can send messages so quickly to those digits.  Watching musicians' hands move has always been a fascination of mine, and goodness knows I've spent a lot of time observing from my seat in the orchestra. However, the [...]

By | May 1st, 2017|

Making Musical Connections

As a STEAM TOSA, I have the honor of working with over 600 TK-5th grade students throughout our district.  I see my classes on a 2 week rotation cycle and spend 90 minutes with regular ed., as well as special ed. classes.  For as challenging as teaching can be at times, it never ceases to amaze me how some of my most artistic thinkers can be found amongst the SDC classes.  Recently, I had a [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|

Mastering Geometry Concepts With Dance

It is so interesting for me to observe students learning geometry in the elementary classroom simply because it is so different than other math concepts. Students who struggle with math sometimes shine when learning geometry since it is so visual. This can help to change a fixed math mindset and give a student the confidence boost he needs to believe in his math abilities. In turn, some students who love calculating can be somewhat turned [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|

Celebrating Shakespeare Through the Arts

April is the perfect month to bring some Shakespeare into your students' lives. William Shakespeare was born on approximately April 23, 1564. Unless you're a high school English teacher, his works may seem intimidating to teach. However, there are many ways that even our youngest students can be exposed to his brilliance through the context of the arts. Of course, theater and drama are the obvious choices due to the nature of his works. However, here [...]

By | April 1st, 2017|

Carving Out Time for Arts Integration

Has time, or a pacing guide, ever held you back from trying to integrate the arts? This was my main concern when I started tiptoeing into using an arts integrated approach with my students. I was able to work within our reading curriculum to incorporate the arts because that curriculum is more flexible, but not in my math class. For math, my school district has a strict pacing guide, meaning we had a certain amount [...]

By | March 21st, 2017|
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