Category Archives: arts integration

Arts integration is an approach to teaching. Students create and demonstrate understanding through an art form.

Five Myths about Arts Integration

1. The arts are a messy, chaotic distraction from learning. The common image of the artist is that of a fuzzy-thinking, disheveled, undisciplined “creative type.” Teachers assume that there is no structure or form to the arts, and that artistic … Continue reading

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Revolution, Not Reform

A recent education blog post pointed out that teachers who survive their first two years in the profession mostly still leave teaching by their fifth year.  The author, Debra Vladero, notes that these teachers grow in effectiveness, as measured by … Continue reading

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Making Time for Arts Integration

At a recent dance and science integration workshop that I led in mid-Ohio, a participating teacher raised the sixty-four-dollar question that teachers always have when dipping into these waters: How are we going to have time to do this? With … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Intelligence

In which the author argues that the evolutionary need for, or “purpose” of, intelligence is to create. Many species of animals have evolved a powerful method of teaching their young. It is called instinct. The very genetic material of the … Continue reading

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2010 in review: Blog Stats

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow. Crunchy numbers The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. … Continue reading

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Views from the Road

At times, living the life of itinerant teaching artist is like a cross between being a circus performer and a circuit rider. The traveling road show can sometimes seem like a three-ring circus, with the teaching artist playing the roles … Continue reading

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It’s About Magic

Even the most infrastructure-poor classroom can become a place of mystery and magic. It’s all in how you approach teaching and learning. Continue reading

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