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Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development

The Real Power of Arts Integration
18-Apr-14   By: Rob Levit

In her profound book Emotional Sobriety, Dr. Tian Dayton shares research on how learning is “double coded” for children – cognitively and emotionally. In addition, there is a section dedicated to the “emotional body” and how learning and life experiences are deeply embedded not only in the mind but in the body. Even though the book was originally written to understand how to recover and become resilient from emotional trauma, it has deep implications for […]

Designing Professional Development for the 21st Century
17-Apr-14   By: Susan Riley

It’s the same everywhere I go: teachers are frustrated with professional development.  The models are outdated and people are on information overload.  There’s not enough time in the day to plan for lessons, provide instruction, assess student progress and attend to all of the extra duties that come with teaching, much less gather the energy to attend a professional development session.  And time out of the classroom is too precious to be wasted on full-day […]

Combat Perfectionism: Model Learning from Mistakes
16-Apr-14   By: Deirdre Moore

Let me just put it out there.  I am a perfectionist.  I don’t want there to be a learning curve when I start something new, I want to be brilliant right out of the gate.  This can really be a problem for me personally.  What complicates this problem further is that who we are as individuals affects who we are as educators so my personal problem becomes a professional one.  We educators can tell students […]

The 2014 Teacher Summer Reading List
15-Apr-14   By: Susan Riley

One of the things I most enjoy as an educator about the summer is being able to catch up on some reading that I don’t have time for during the school year.  Being able to relax, enjoy a cup of coffee and crack open a new book is a much more joyful experience during those summer months when I’m not bogged down with hectic schedules, deadlines, graduate coursework (I remember those Master’s degree days!) and […]

Common Core: verb or noun
14-Apr-14   By: Typhani Harris

  Verb: (in traditional grammar) any of a large class of words in a language that serve to indicate the occurrence or performance of and action, the existence of a state or condition, etc. Noun: a word or group of words that refers to a person, place, or thing or any syntactically similar word   Over the past few months I, as most of us, have been hard-core common-core!  But what does it mean to […]

Students practice compassion through mathematics
11-Apr-14   By: Rob Levit

As an arts integration consultant and Executive Director of Creating Communities, I receive incredible opportunities to use the arts to affect real change and provide meaningful learning experiences. Recently, I had the pleasure of working with the 7th grade math students and teachers Ms. Poynton, Ms. Moore and Mr. Mangold at Annapolis Middle School March 13-17 to create scale drawings and models of affordable apartments for senior citizens. The program was funded by a generous grant […]

Integration Stations through QR Codes
10-Apr-14   By: Susan Riley

One of the ways I love to integrate is through the use of stations.  I find this to be both practical and authentic to a laboratory experience for students.  When using stations, students are able to be active in their learning, collaborate through cooperative groups, and engage in hands-on experiences that bring their learning to life.  For the teacher, it requires some setup time beforehand, but then it runs fairly smoothly depending upon the stations […]

Tell Me a Story: A Guide to Interactive Storytelling
09-Apr-14   By: Deirdre Moore

Recently I concluded a trimester of visual arts with a group of second graders.  We had focused on creating art related to China to prepare the students for an upcoming unit on  Cinderella stories from around the world where they would be charged with writing a Cinderella story based on the Chinese culture.  The morning I was to present our visual art work to the parents I had some time to fill with these students […]

How to Connect your Entire Curriculum
08-Apr-14   By: Susan Riley

One of the daunting tasks that lie ahead of all educators in the summer is revising and editing curriculum.  And with all of the new standards that are being released (Common Core, Next Generation Science, and National Coalition for Core Arts Standards), it’s not a matter of IF but WHEN we will need to do this work.  This is actually an exciting time because it provides all of us with an opportunity for integrating our […]

The Dance Credential: Where is it?
07-Apr-14   By: Typhani Harris

Visual Art and Music both have specialized credentials with specialized training programs…but Dance and Theatre do not.  This begs the question, are we valued in the world of education?  If you think about it, we are one of the oldest forms of communication,  yet we are not considered worthy of a specialized credential.  Presently, California, and many other states, categorize dance as physical education.  While I appreciate the gesture acknowledging that it does take kinesthetic […]

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