The Arts Connect to Everything

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Tweet The amazing thing about the arts is that they can be integrated with nearly any other topic.  Sometimes you have to just let your mind go and imagine all the possibilities and once you get started, it can be hard to stop. I’ve been approached in person and through email by so many people […]

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The Arts Belong in STEM!

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Tweet Today’s post is a teaser for the post I have written for Education Closet, and is a sneak peek of my upcoming presentation at the 2014 Connectivity Conference: gathering STEAM.  I hope you join us this July! STEM was designed with integration in mind.  It is creating a lesson that incorporates the best of […]

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What’s Your Haiku Moment?

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Tweet Haiku is a short poetic form that seems simple, but can be very difficult to write if you want to stay true to the art form.  I have a limited knowledge of the true essence of haiku, but, like many teachers, tend to use it as a go-to form of poetry that students can […]

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5 Ways to Use Art To Teach History

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Tweet When I was in grade school I remember hating history. I knew it was important to learn about, but the material was always so dull and uninteresting. Now that I’m older I love history. History really isn’t dull or boring at all. There are so many big events that have taken place in the […]

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Music at the Core Resources

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Tweet Today I am excited to be presenting at the second annual Connectivity Conference hosted by Susan Riley of educationcloset.com.  Her site has many wonderful resources for teachers who want to begin or continue integrating the arts into their work.  If you haven’t checked them out, please do so! This year’s Arts Integration Connectivity Conference will […]

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Integrating Arts and Tech Simultaneously: Four Lesson Ideas

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Tweet Many teachers support both arts and tech integration. However, they don’t realize the two subjects can be integrated together. They become trapped thinking arts integration is analog and tech integration is digital; the former is fingerpainting, making music and dancing while the latter is calculating, researching and programming. However, there are numerous ways to […]

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Rhythmic Fractions

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Tweet Earlier this year, my students explored the commonalities between musical rhythms and fractions.  The Common Core State Standards put a huge emphasis on fractions earlier in students elementary years now, and I believe this helped some students to understand more about the basic concepts of fractions.  They were able to draw out the fractions, […]

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How Can We Not? A reawakening for the importance of artistic expression in the classroom

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Tweet I’m happy to bring you this article from a dear colleague of mine who works hard to always bring wonderful arts integrated lessons into her classroom.  This is a great reflection of her journey this year and hopes for the next.  ~EMP “Mrs. Mitchell, what colors should I use?”   I couldn’t believe what […]

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Reading and Rhythm Training

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Tweet I am so excited!  Today 8 colleagues and I are going to become trained in a program called Reading and Rhythm.  It incorporates the natural tendencies of rhythm in spoken and written word and helps those who struggle to find more fluency in their reading.  In addition, it helps build students’ comprehension and vocabulary. […]

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