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Arts Integration and STEAM Professional Development

An Exercise in Gratitude
21-Nov-14   By: Brianne DeFrang

“A good teacher is like a candle- it consumes itself to light the way for others.”- Mustafa Kemal Atatürk As Thanksgiving approaches, as I look at my colleagues, I see candles all but consumed by parent-teacher conferences, meetings, report cards, chorus concerts, and new educational initiatives. I see teachers who are as dedicated as ever, giving every ounce of energy that remains to push forward to the finish line that is Thanksgiving Break. I know […]

STEAM Leadership: Can you “Pitch” others to do something with your idea?
20-Nov-14   By: Greg Pilewski

Recently, I was walking down the hallway of an entrepreneur incubator space and I was watching a start-up CEO “pitch” their ideas to a group of colleagues and mentors.  I was fascinated to watch the CEO practice presenting his ideas and receive real-time feedback with the goal of one day “pitching” to a group of potential investors.  I think there is so much that we can learn as school leaders from entrepreneurs, especially when it […]

Your Brain on Music: Why We Need to Teach Music in Schools
19-Nov-14   By: Deirdre Moore

“Music is Magic”; that is the very first article I wrote for Education Closet about the use of music in the classroom.  However, in that article I was talking about using music to help with transitions or to teach or asses other content.  It is tempting to stop there and use music as a tool rather than as the content but there is some amazing work being done in the area of neuroscience that is […]

Back to Basics
18-Nov-14   By: Susan Riley

Do you ever actually FEEL yourself growing?  I remember thinking as a child that I could feel my legs getting longer at night while I slept.  And I swore that I actually had growing pains.  Now that I’m a good deal… um… older… I don’t feel the growing pains in my body so much anymore.  But I certainly feel them in my professional life!  I’m sure everyone can relate to that – every time we […]

Standard 4: Lessons & Assessments
17-Nov-14   By: Typhani Harris

This month we will be exploring Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation. Anchor standard 4 focuses on the artistic process of performing with the component of expression.  The enduring understanding is how the basic elements of dance (space, time, and energy) are used to communicate artistic expression.  Although the anchor standard does not change as the grade level progresses the expectation continues to advance. In unpacking this standard we need to […]

The National Core Arts Standards: Minor Shift or Major Detour?
14-Nov-14   By: Brianne DeFrang

The new National Core Arts Standards were rolled out in June of 2014, in part as a response to the Common Core Standards, as well as to reflect 21st century educational trends and learning skills. Greg provided a great overview of the standards in yesterday’s article. With the rollout of these new National Core Arts standards, there are arts educators weighing in on these new standards on both sides of the fence. So what are […]

STEAM Leadership: 5 Things You Need to Know about the New National Core Arts Standards
13-Nov-14   By: Greg Pilewski

As the new National Core Arts Standards were released in June 2014, individual states, organizations, and school districts are in the process of learning more about the new standards to determine what content knowledge and skills gaps exist between their current state standards and the new standards.  The arts have always played a critical part in molding every culture around the world and our everyday lives.  Life would simply be meaningless without the arts.  This […]

Professional Development: The Arts are Left Behind
12-Nov-14   By: Susan Riley

One of the reasons we are so passionate about the resources we offer here at EducationCloset is that they help stop the gap that is happening for teacher professional development.  When it comes to PD, arts-focused educators get the short end of the stick. While there are hundreds of thousands of arts educators, professional development that is meaningful to arts-focused work is nearly impossible to find at the school-level.  This is where online learning can […]

Circle Up and Sing! Creating Unity in the Classroom
12-Nov-14   By: Deirdre Moore

Just last week I was all set to continue a lesson I had taught on dynamics with one of my classes when I sat down and took another look at my plans.  I decided to veer away from my original plans which involved percussive dynamics expressed through movement because I felt like this group needed some unification.  In order to both teach about dynamics and unify the group I decided to use an African folk […]

3 Tips for Integrating Parent/Teacher Conferences
11-Nov-14   By: Susan Riley

As an arts educator, parent/teacher conference nights were always a little bit different for me.  Most parents signed up for a conference with their child’s teacher and then just left the building.  Hardly anyone ever stopped by the music room to talk about their child’s progress in my class.  Those that DID sign up for a conference either just wanted to discuss whether they should sign their child up for private lessons, or wanted to […]

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