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What effects can music have on student success?

What effects can music have on student success?

Music has been touted as an aid for a variety of things, but it can be a controversial topic. Some people are convinced their performance on professional and academic matters is better when they are listening to music, while others claim the opposite. We love music at...

Pizza Fractions, Drama and STEAM

Pizza Fractions, Drama and STEAM

(This is Part 2 of a 2 Part Story!  Click here for Part 1.) So, there I was - faced with the challenge to plan and execute a lesson for a formal observation with my new principal.  Recently, my second graders were introduced to fractions, but the math book’s lesson…...

The Decision to Integrate

The Decision to Integrate

(This is Part 1 of a 2 Part Story!) I did it! I finally got a job at my dream STEAM school and everything was going great until the principal approached me to schedule my formal observation. She wants to see a math lesson. YIKES! I cannot blow this. We just started...

2 Keys to STEAM

2 Keys to STEAM

STEAM - It's a great buzz word in education, but too often it's thrown around without a full understanding of what it truly means. In preparation for this summer's Arts Integration and STEAM Retreat, I thought it would be a great idea to review two of the key...

Where I’m From – Poetry Activity

Where I’m From – Poetry Activity

Studying this poem and then creating a sort of copy-cat poem from it is a great activity for your students (and YOU) to do. This poem, Where I'm From written by George Ella Lyon, is a touching one that gives insight to the person who wrote it through the senses and...

Technology in the Classroom

On the Absence of Tape

On the Absence of Tape

A Personal Essay Advocating for the Arts in STEAM As an enthusiastic art teacher for children ages Kindergarten through fourth grade, one of my biggest goals is to provide my excited and wide-eyed kiddos with a variety of materials and techniques to explore each year....

From STEM to STEAM? Are you sure? (a back-to-school play)

From STEM to STEAM? Are you sure? (a back-to-school play)

This creative post is from Kellie Burtch a New Hampshire STEM teacher a TAR17 Retreater.  That year, she realized the potential of inserting the A into STEM and started her year ready to advocate for all the possibilities the arts could provide for her STEM class....

ART-evator Speech

ART-evator Speech

Check out why Andy Smith, a HS arts educator and author-illustrator believes arts is important for students' learning including why we need to go from STEM to STEAM.    Can't see the video?  Visit the ART-evator speech on YouTube. And now go check out his author site...

The Part Arts Play in Today’s Learning

The Part Arts Play in Today’s Learning

Education Yesterday and Today The world continues to change at a rapid pace and there’s a constant buzz in education about closing the global achievement gap and developing 21st century skills. Education is changing to meet these needs.  Focus on new, global skills...

How 3D Printers Can Transform the Classroom

There have been many technological and curriculum transformations of the classroom since formal education was created. But two of the biggest changes in tech and lesson planning are having a unique convergence. For many educators, what was once touted as STEM has...

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