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Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development

K-2 Arts Integration Lesson: Mapping Blueprints
26-Feb-15   By: Susan Riley

Since we just finished up our Arts Integration and STEAM through Early Childhood online workshop, I thought it would be a great time to share an arts integration lesson seed focused on our youngest learners.  Today’s lesson idea is combining a Common Core Math Standard and a Visual Art Standard from the National Core Arts Standards: CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.A.1: Order three objects by length; compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object. VA:Cr2.3.1: Identify and […]

Inspiration and Affirmation
25-Feb-15   By: Deirdre Moore

Every now and then life hands you an experience that helps not only to inspire you but also to affirm something you believe deeply.  I recently had the pleasure to witness a truly gifted musician at a local coffee shop who did just that for me, Vicki Genfan. What was really fun about Ms. Genfan’s performance is that she educated the audience as she played for us.  Although she knew there were people in the […]

STEM, STEAM and In-Between
24-Feb-15   By: Susan Riley

In today’s On-Demand Video, I’m digging into STEM, STEAM and everything in-between.  It is still shocking to me that people think the arts are only trying to put their fingers in the STEM pie by advocating for STEAM.  When I hear comments like this: “I love the arts, but STEM is meant to get kids passionate about fields where we struggle to fill jobs” or “What possible purpose could the arts have for getting involved […]

Coaches’ Corner
23-Feb-15   By: Typhani Harris

Recently I have taken on a new position, that of instructional coach for our first-year teachers, and it has been an exciting transition, but the more I work with our new teachers, the more I remember the craziness of first year teaching.  This is the motivation for my new series “Coach’s Corner”, where we will explore the authentic situations first year teachers encounter, provide valuable tips and tricks for the first year, and offer new […]

Moving, Shaking, and Music-Making: Providing Creative Release During Testing Season
20-Feb-15   By: Brianne DeFrang

Throughout this week, the Ed Closet team has been sharing some strategies for the upcoming testing season. With the focus and importance placed on high-stakes testing, it is easy for those of us who don’t teach these tested content areas to get lost in the shuffle. What role can we, the arts, play for our students during testing? As teachers, we have a responsibility to provide quality standards-based instruction and to show that our students […]

Scheduling Disruptions: 3 Reminders for Student Engagement
19-Feb-15   By: Greg Pilewski

As winter is in full swing we are at that point in the academic year when spring break is around the corner and accountability testing is at our door step.   With the implementation of new assessments across the county schools and districts are still trying to work through the new requirements.  From new technology to new testing windows, it is common for daily routines to be disrupted.  How can you support your teachers and […]

Early Childhood through Arts Integration Workshop Archive
19-Feb-15   By: Susan Riley

Did you miss our LIVE online workshop on Early Childhood through Arts Integration and STEAM?  Or maybe you need to review the session again and download the (resource rich) chat archive.  Either way, that’s why we have this archive page! Here you’ll find the archived online workshop in its entirety, along with a downloadable link to the amazing chat (you all were so generous with each other and shared so many great sites and resources!) […]

An Artful Way Through Testing
18-Feb-15   By: Deirdre Moore

Ah, testing.  It is a regular fact of life in today’s public school classroom.  One of the great challenges I found when I was a classroom teacher during testing was fatigue.  We want our students to stay motivated, stay alert and stay focused.  We also want them feeling good about themselves and relaxed enough to do their best work.  The arts have so much to offer to have our students in the best frame of […]

Creating an Integrated Student Growth Objective
17-Feb-15   By: Susan Riley

One of the most challenging aspects of writing a student growth objective is the feeling of “am I doing this right?”  One of the ways that I have found to help with this feeling is to actually create an integrated student growth objective in collaboration with another teacher.  This way, we are working towards a common goal while still teaching the content, skills and processes needed in our own area. I shared how to do […]

Test Prep: How the arts can assist in the process
16-Feb-15   By: Typhani Harris

As we get closer to the springtime not only do we see blooming flowers and warming weather, we get bombarded with #2 pencils and scantrons…yes it’s test season!  High stakes testing is the way of educational life, and whether we support that vision or not, it’s here to stay.  We have state testing, national testing, college entrance testing, and it is all starting soon. Being a non-tested subject is a blessing, however it also places […]

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