Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development
Tips for Easing Student Anxiety
12-Feb-16 By: Brianne Gidcumb-DeFrang
“In teaching, you can’t do the Bloom stuff until you take care of the Maslow stuff.”- Alan Beck This quote popped up in one of my social media feeds recently. And it’s not often that I repost something, but this one, I did. How vital it is that we do what we can to help take care of our students most basic needs! And the threat of stress and anxiety is very real among our […]
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The Process of Production: Stop Motion Animation (Part 2)
11-Feb-16 By: Rich Stachon
Last month I started to explain the process of production my students go through while creating stop motion animation. This post will focus on the final two sections: Production and Post-Production. Production Supplies/Equipment Needed In order to create a stop motion animated film you need to possess a few important things. First and foremost you will need a device to film the animation with. You can use either a digital camera, tablet, or phone. Quick […]
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Episode 42: Why is Change So HARD?
11-Feb-16 By: Susan Riley
Keep up with all new episodes! Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher. Whenever you’re faced with a new situation or an unfamiliar circumstance, what do you do? Embrace the new, or stall as long as you can until you get a sense of your bearings? Personally, I’m a staller. Don’t get me wrong…I actually love change. I rearrange my office every couple of months. If I feel as though I’m getting a little stale, I book a trip […]
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Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Building a Strong Arts Foundation for Integration
10-Feb-16 By: Deirdre Moore
Slow and steady wins the race. That’s the phrase that came to my mind after attending a two day workshop about VTS or Visual Thinking Strategies. I think as educators we get so excited about the possibilities of a new program or a new strategy we encounter we can forget how important it is to build a strong foundation first. For arts integration to be at its most effective, the students need to have a […]
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STEAM Lesson: Mondrian Fractions
09-Feb-16 By: Susan Riley
Grade level: 4-5 | Content areas: Math and Visual Art In this STEAM Lesson, students are studying the work of Piet Mondrian as a way to demonstrate and manipulate equivalent fractions. As a math concept, equivalent fractions can present a challenge for our students. Understanding that 3/4 is equal to 9/12 is difficult. When using visuals and manipulatives, students can more easily SEE how the pieces are equal to each other. That’s why Mondrian’s artwork […]
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STEAMing through the Water Cycle
09-Feb-16 By: Dyan Branstetter
I’ve been teaching the water cycle for a number of years. Each year, I try to reflect on my unit to see if there’s anything that I could add or adjust to help the students master and retain the science concepts and vocabulary more successfully. This year I was inspired to turn up the level of STEAM by adding music and dance connections. I introduced the water cycle in a musical way after reading Jenny […]
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The ART of Curriculum Design: The “How”
08-Feb-16 By: Typhani Harris
Welcome to The Art of Curriculum Design. In this six month series we will explore the why and how of curriculum design via an Arts Appreciation course created through an arts collaboration. During our first week we defined the language to be used throughout the series (see intro article here), and last week we took a look at why curriculum needs to be designed (see that article here). This week we are going to take a look […]
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People First: 2016 Winter Conference Recap
07-Feb-16 By: Susan Riley
The 2016 Winter Arts Integration and STEAM Online Conference is officially over and after 24 hours, some major takeaways have emerged. The day is always filled with energy, excitement, and solutions-based sessions that give us all a much-needed boost. But more than that, this winter’s conference became a full-fledged community. Here’s a few big takeaways that our community shared during the course of the day, along with one of the biggest lessons we can all […]
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Arts-Based Strategies for Writing
05-Feb-16 By: Brianne Gidcumb-DeFrang
I was recently talking with a friend whose son struggles with writing in the classroom. He’s a creative, bright, and charismatic boy, and when he’s engaged in a task, he is focused and shows great determination to complete what he’s started. But in school, when faced with writing prompts that are inauthentic or don’t engage him, he struggles. And it is such a shame, because this clever, engineering young mind now believes there is something […]
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Episode 41: Who Does What in an Integrated Lesson?
04-Feb-16 By: Susan Riley
Keep up with all new episodes! Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher. Ah…the roles and responsibilities piece of arts integration and STEAM. While it may seem like a trivial component, it’s actually a critical piece to figuring out how to include integration in your own classroom. In fact, many arts educators are a part of the integration conversation just so that the approach doesn’t take over their arts education classes. I used to think that was being blown […]
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