Reigniting Your Love of Teaching through Arts Integration

I so very much believe in the power of the arts in education, but not just for the students who are learning.  It’s also very much for the teachers who are teaching!  I have seen first hand how arts integration has reignited teachers’ love of teaching, rekindled a flame that was starting to die.  In recent years, I have been able to do one of my favorite things in education: provide professional development for teachers in arts integration.

Later today I am Skyping in with a group of teachers at the Concord Montessori and Community School in Mancelona, Michigan.  (I am in Hampton, NH.)  I am excited to present ideas to these teachers and lead a discussion on how to reintroduce arts integration into their school community.  I have put together this outline of resources and links for them and thought it would be nice to share it with all The Inspired Classroom’s readers.  So please, take advantage and if you are ever interested in having me speak to your school’s staff or small group of teachers in person or via Skype, please don’t hesitate to contact me!


Outline and Links – Reigniting Your Love of Teaching through Arts Integration

Part ONE – The Arts and Arts Integration

Arts and Curriculum (AS, ENRICHED by, INTEGRATED with)


Arts Integration Isn’t…

  • An afterthought
  • A filler
  • Something nice

Arts Integration Is…

  • Making the arts part of your classroom culture.
  • Intertwining the intellect with creativity.
  • Creating a safe learning environment for students to collaborate and share.
  • Keeping to the integrity of the art form.
  • Arts’ Standards AND Content Standards taught simultaneously.


Follow Your Interests and Passions

Feed Your Flame

  • Take a class (art or teaching), workshop, or course!
  • Feed What You Do

Don’t Be Afraid!

Getting Started and Staying the Course

If you have any questions or needs, please don’t hesitate to contact me!!!



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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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  1. Malke says:

    I think it is so great that you are not only doing art integration with your own students, but that you are inspiring other teachers to reach their kids in new ways. We all benefit from what you are doing! 🙂

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