At the end of the day, integrating arts into a lesson can be as simple or as complicated as you'd like. Simple might be using a graphic organizer or a famous painting to teach history, or something more involved as teaching a concept and having students demonstrate their understanding using poetry, or a skit.
This South Carolina school has taken it a step further (click the link to read the full story). “I chose to have a creative writer come to my class to help introduce the writing concept of poetry,” she says. “I was pretty sure this was not going to be a well-received project with my students.”
Arts integration isn't just "another thing for teachers to do". Research shows huge gains in both retention and recall of material, which bodes well for mastery of a topic. Check out this recent interview with Dr. Mariale Hardiman of Johns Hopkins School of Education.
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