Make Learning Come Alive

Kindergartners at Wheeler paint the backdrop for their school photos. (Courtesy of Ada Leaphart/Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler)

Kindergartners at Wheeler paint the backdrop for their school photos. (Courtesy of Ada Leaphart/Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler)

If you are a reader of The Inspired Classroom, then you understand in some capacity the power that the arts can have on learning.  Getting inspired by the arts as a teacher in order to be inspiring to students is at the core of our mission.  This week, I was honored (and happy!) to be included in a wonderful article published at MindShift about about how the arts can and should be part of making students’ education come alive.

I must say that the most fun part about seeing the article come out was that my quote was featured:

‘Arts integration seems to be the best form of differentiation out there because it taps into so many different interests and abilities and forms of learning.’

It’s so true isn’t it?

Well, I hope you head over to read more at the Mind Shift site which sets out to “explore the future of learning in all its dimensions, covering cultural and technology trends, innovations in education, groundbreaking research, education policy, and more.”  I highly recommend surfing their site.

Start here:

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

by  | January 13, 2015
I am in great company as the article also features Bobby Riley, principle of the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler (IAA) in Burlington, Vermont (he’s also a former retreater!) and Michelle Baldwin, who is a lead teacher at the private Anastasis Academy as well as a guest blogger here.  She and I also presented on integrating music and technology alongside Kyle Pace and Yoon Su Lim at the ISTE conference in 2011.  Fun times.
I hope you enjoy the piece!

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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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