Thank you for joining me for Day 2 of Classroom Tips from Vegas. In case you missed it, I just returned from and education conference in Las Vegas where I met some awesome teachers. I am excited to share with you what I learned from them!
Day 2 - Kathy from Tried and True Teaching
This is the second year in a row that I got to spend some time with my sweet, California teacher-friend, Kathy. She recently wrote a blog post about why it is important to integrate art into your lessons. Consider this quote from the Kennedy Center's Arts Edge online resource center.
It seems as though art integration is being abandoned earlier and earlier in a child's education. Yet there are sound reasons that explain why we shouldn't do this.
Kathy states "that, as teachers, we are always pressed for time (there's never enough), but planning integrated learning experiences that generate meaningful, in-depth creative projects for our students is so worth it. To see the connections they make while engaged in the process validates the importance of life-long learning. Life is not lived in a bubble, and the arts should not be taught as such. Our students need to be given the opportunity to discover their own "elegant fits" across disciplines, and I believe this is possible through the arts integrations".
Check out Kathy's post for more in-depth information about art integration. There is also a Part 2 post which shows Art Integration in action.
Don't forget to join me for Day 3 - Classroom Tips from Vegas tomorrow!