Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development
Sparkchasers Season 3 Episode 1: Ignite Your Teaching through the Creative Process
30-Jul-15 By: Susan Riley
Who’s ready for a new season of Sparkchasers?? We are totally excited to kick off Season 3 this month, just as many of you are going back to your classrooms to get ready for the start of a new school year. While you’re driving to your building, or even hanging up those new bulletin boards, go ahead and play today’s podcast for a fresh dose of inspiration! This season, we’re mixing things up! My co-host […]
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My Latest “Duh” Moment: Families and Arts Integration
29-Jul-15 By: Deirdre Moore
When is the last time you had one of those “duh” moments? I consider a “duh” moment to be much like an “aha” moment except that when the “aha” registers it seems so obvious you cannot believe you are just now having the realization. With the school year over, I now have more time to reflect on the past year and think about strategy for the year ahead. All that thinking has led me to […]
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Save yourself HOURS with this one planning tool
28-Jul-15 By: Susan Riley
Ever feel stuck when trying to plan for an arts integration lesson? You don’t know where to find the standards you need, and then it’s difficult to figure out what should go together. Just pulling these pieces together – never mind actual lesson planning – seems to take forever. Well no more, friends. In today’s episode of EducationCloset On-Demand, I’m sharing with you the one planning tool that will shave hours off your planning time. […]
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Studio STEAM-up: Science & Dance
27-Jul-15 By: Typhani Harris
This is the first installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series! Each week we will explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects. This week is Dance and Science! I have to be honest, as and English Language Arts and Dance specialist, I am struggling with the Next Generation Science standards. For example, notice the difference between the Arkansas state standard and the Next Generation standard: Arkansas State Standard Strand: Organization of the […]
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Top 5 Takeaways from the Summer 2015 Arts Integration & STEAM Conference
24-Jul-15 By: Susan Riley
WOW. That’s one of the many words running through my mind that just can’t begin to capture the amazing online conference experience that happened yesterday – centered all around arts integration and STEAM. This is the 5th conference we’ve hosted and every single time I am floored at how much BETTER it gets! This time around, we had over 1300 educators from all over the world join us for the summer 2015 Arts Integration and […]
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“But I’m Not an Artist!”- Tips for the Arts Novice
24-Jul-15 By: Brianne DeFrang
“But I’m not an artist*!” (*Substitute singer, dancer, or actor.) This is one of the main concerns I hear from classroom teachers with fears about integrating the arts into their classrooms. The concern is valid! As teachers, we are extensively trained in our content area(s). Stepping outside this curriculum comfort zone is scary. And the arts can be particularly intimidating. The arts are, at their core, a means of self-expression and something that can be […]
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Mathematical Thinking and Creativity Align!
23-Jul-15 By: Gina Cherkowski
People do not often mix math and creativity together but they should. According to the site Creativity at Work, “Creativity is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to generate solutions.” They add that, “Creativity involves two processes: thinking, then producing”. Typically, school math focuses on learning procedures to solve routine problems. The key to being successful in the […]
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There’s Just Something About Performing…
22-Jul-15 By: Deirdre Moore
“Ms. Moore, I’m so nervous. I’m not ready for this. I had no idea there would be that many people in the audience,” said a student of mine right before she went on stage with a smile that stretched from ear to ear and a sparkle in her eye. There’s just something about performing – the anticipation, the excitement, the adrenaline rush. Last month I wrote a piece about informances – an opportunity to inform […]
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Using the Pixar Formula for Arts Integration
21-Jul-15 By: Susan Riley
Riddle me this: have you ever seen a Pixar film that didn’t capture you in some way? I can’t think of one! Even their short films are incredible – have you seen the most recent one with the volcanos searching for love? If not, check it out in the new Inside Out movie. Moving on… What makes Pixar’s approach so engaging? Turns out, they have a handy formula that they use for any storyline. They […]
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Studio STEAM-up Series!
20-Jul-15 By: Typhani Harris
Next week will begin my Studio STEAM-up series. This series will take a look at each of the STEAM disciplines and offer creative ways to integrate them with dance. The focus will be the secondary national and common core standards for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics in partnership with the national standards for Dance. Keeping in mind that true integration involves linking the standards and assessments for each of the disciplines, we will take […]
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