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Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development

Close Looking as a Strategy for Arts Integration
04-Sep-15   By: Brianne DeFrang

Using observation in visual art is a wonderful means to access standards and skills in various contents. There are some great strategies for accessing this connection, including Artful Thinking, Visual Thinking, and See, Think, Wonder, all of which are strategies that involve asking questions around a piece of art that lead to higher level and critical thinking, as well as encouraging our students’ observation and inference skills. As artists, we know that this is common […]

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Sparkchasers Podcast: Why Presentation is the Key to a Successful Creative Experience
03-Sep-15   By: Susan Riley

Ever wonder why some great ideas just never get off the ground, but those cat videos go viral?  It’s all about the presentation: connecting the right audience at the right time with the right idea.  In today’s episode of SparkChasers, we’re exploring what happens when students think about how to present their finished products in a way that both communicates their intention and allows others to make personal meaning.  It’s a tricky balance, but worth the time! […]

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Creative Reflection
03-Sep-15   By: Matt and Laura Grundler

Team Grundler has been riding the K12ArtChallenge ride all summer.  We can’t say that we completed a challenge everyday this summer but we did what we could and it was a wonderful experience.  Arlene Shelton, an awesome art teacher that we connected with through #K12ArtChat, created the K12ArtChallenge (for more about the development of K12ArtChallenge and Arlene Shelton see our article on  Arlene has a great way of challenging the #K12ArtChat professional learning network, […]

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Harnessing the Power of Intergenerational Learning
02-Sep-15   By: Deirdre Moore

For many years I have taught music and movement classes to families with children under the age of 5.  Often whole families come to my weekend classes including the occasional aunt and uncle or grandparent.  After a few years of watching the magic of families creating music and movement together and empowering them to continue that creating at home, I began to think how wonderful it would be to continue that kind of family learning […]

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How much is TOO much?
01-Sep-15   By: Susan Riley

We’re all excited to be back with students and to try out some of the new techniques we learned at professional development during our break.  But how do you know when it’s all just TOO much? One of the biggest topics of conversation at our summer online Arts Integration and STEAM Conference was among art teachers who were looking to incorporate Project-Based Learning, STEAM and TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) as a single curricular model. […]

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Winter 2016 Conference Call for Proposals
31-Aug-15   By: Susan Riley

It’s already here!  After our most successful conference to date in July, we are now deep in the throws of planning for our Winter 2016 Connectivity Arts Integration and STEAM Online Conference, being held on February 6, 2016.  This means that we are looking for some excellent new ideas, resources and presenters to share with our rapidly growing conference audience of over 1,200 educators.  We are now accepting proposals for both 15 and 25 minute […]

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Studio STEAM-Up Recap
31-Aug-15   By: Typhani Harris

If you missed any of the Studio STEAM-up series, have no fear the recap is here!!   This series took a look at each of the STEAM disciplines and offered creative ways to integrate them with dance. The focus was 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 […]

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Core Music Anchor Standard 7
28-Aug-15   By: Brianne DeFrang

This month, as part of our year-long series unpacking the Core Arts Standards for General Music, we will start digging into the anchor standards in the “responding” strand. In the “responding” strand of standards, we look at the process of selecting, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating musical works and performances. Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work. Artistic Process: Responding (Select and Analyze) Enduring Understanding: Individuals’ selection of musical works is influenced by their interests, […]

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SparkChasers Podcast: Creating with GRIT
27-Aug-15   By: Susan Riley

You were created to create. I heard this one Sunday afternoon and was immediately struck silent for a moment.  If this holds true, why do we spend so much time teaching mind-numbing skills and provide a laughable amount of opportunities to actually DO something with those skills?  Shouldn’t it be the other way around?  It’s one of the reasons why schools that invest their money into more arts classes (not less) actually see bigger gains […]

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21 Days to a More Positive Brain
26-Aug-15   By: Deirdre Moore

Have you ever had that experience when you are feeling really positive and suddenly when you look in the mirror your reflection is way more attractive to you?  In fact, anything you reflect on – relationships, work, professional path – seems better.  You feel competent and ready to take on the world.  Wouldn’t it be great to feel like that everyday?  Wouldn’t it be fantastic if your brain’s default was to see the world’s potential […]

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