WHY ARTS? WHY NOW?
Assessment of the arts is difficult and the outcome of their teaching is not immediate, but that is the point. Education in the arts stays with you, it is long term, it buries itself into the guts of who you are as an individual striving to succeed in an ever changing society.
Teachers need to find the times and places in their classrooms to make the arts a vital part of their day. This type of education, where arts are taught both for their own value as well as integrated into other disciplines, brings out the innovation, creativity, thoughtfulness and depth of learning that no other can.
I am not an artist, can I do this?
What is Arts Integration?
The KEY to quality arts integration is to stay true to both the integrity of the curriculum you are teaching AND to the art form you are using in your classroom.
What is true integration?
What are the goals of arts integration?
- To allow teachers who may or may not be artistic the opportunity to use the arts in their classroom in a comfortable manner.
- To allow the teacher to integrate the arts in a way that enhances the curriculum they must teach while keeping the integrity of the art form.
- To allow the teacher and students to experience and share the arts together.
- To allow students to think about the arts in relation to other fields of study, seeing how the arts touch our lives as human beings.
- To allow students to reflect on their artistic experiences using their intellect and emotion.
- To allow students to express their ideas through individual interpretation and creativity.
- To promote oral language skills, community and individuality.