Reinforce the Writing Process through Musical Creation

Tweet What better way to explore the writing process than with music?!  Musical creation, or composition, is nearly identical to the writing process that we teach our students.  Just look: Composing Writing Prewriting Students brainstorm sounds/melodies for their composition. Students brainstorm ideas/topics  for their writing. Rough Draft Students get their ideas down. Students get their […]

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Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration

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Tweet There are so many natural connections between the MI theory and Arts Integration.  Some of them are obvious when you consider some of the Smarts that are identified: music, kinesthetic,  visual/spacial, linguistic.  But the MI theory goes even further with the other Smarts: logical, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal.  However, even these smarts are based […]

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Educate the Educators

Tweet Sometimes the ones we need to convince of the power of arts integration are not the parents and community members, but the educators themselves.  There are many educators who are skeptical, but even the ones who love the idea of the arts in schools are still hesitant to make it happen. Why is this? […]

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Party Hearty! (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This is Susan Riley’s final post in her series written especially for The Inspired Classroom on School-Wide Arts Integration.  If you haven’t read the others, please do so.  You can access her archive of posts here.  They are full of great ideas and practical information – just what we love!  Be sure to follow […]

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Nuts, Bolts and…Paintbrushes? (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This is the second post in Susan Riley’s mini series for Getting Started with Arts Integration.  She is focusing on how she was able to lead her teachers in MD to make change school wide. This post has great ideas and info, so please read on and be sure to catch all the guest […]

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Make it Work (School-Wide Arts Integration)

Tweet This week I am happy to bring you a guest blogger, Susan Riley.  Susan is a music teacher in Columbia, MD and works as the arts integration site coordinator.  The the school-wide arts integration program she leads is recognized by the Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance as the “best arts integration program in […]

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Follow Your Passions

Tweet Interested in integrating the arts into your teaching and unsure where to start?  Simple: Follow Your Passion, your interests, your own experiences and bring them to your students. When I first started teaching, I started with my first love – music. Thinking that all students could listen in the classroom with little preparation, I […]

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Webinar Outline and Links – Getting Started with Arts Integration

Tweet Later today, I will be presenting for the #rscon11 Reform Symposium conference.  My presentation is on “Getting Started with Arts Integration” and I thought it would be helpful to post the outline and links that I will be referring to during the presentation. This way, participants can access the information in depth after we […]

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Getting Ready for #rscon11

Tweet I am so excited to be gearing up to present at #rscon11!  It is such a great honor to be asked to present on a topic I love: arts integration!  The global conference is being held on January 8, and is organized by Shelly Terrell, Christopher Rogers, Kelly Tenkely, Greta Sandler, Lisa Dabbs, and Melissa Tran.  The main […]

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