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A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

A Haiku Master and Dreams on Display

Enriching the curriculum and boosting middle school student engagement with the arts

We don’t need statistics to know that a curriculum lacking in arts is boring, but too often when budgets are cut, the fun parts of being in school for children are the first to be eliminated. The notion that...
Author: Leila Kubesch
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Dot to Dot

Dot to Dot

Lessons that are rich in arts are engaging, but how do you bring art into the classroom?

To afford students the time and space to analyze, create, and synthesize … these are the ultimate goals of education, and as such, they are the reasons why we must not only invite the arts into core classrooms,...
Author: Myia Cowles
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Topics: Teaching
Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals for Middle Level Arts and Academics

Musicals offer a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary learning and enhanced academics

Musicals can serve as rich sources for student learning, especially when staged at your own school. While musicals are considered entertainment, they can serve as strong curriculum resources. Stage, film, and TV...
Author: Keith Mason
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Art: The Magic Molecule

Art: The Magic Molecule

Tapping into the arts helps students—and teachers—make an emotional investment in reading

Plagiarism is both easier to commit due to the tremendous amount of content "out there," but also ridiculously easy to catch with a simple Google search. As an English teacher, I've found that if my assignment can be...
Author: Amber Chandler
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Topics: Teaching

Curriculum Brokering: Integrating Authentic Visual Arts

Early in my career as a middle school art teacher, it didn't occur to me that I was not part of an integrated team. I was busy enough teaching my 50-minute art classes, working with students during exploratories (the...
Author: Jacqueline McDowell
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Topics: Teaching

Why Johnny Can't Sing, Dance, Saw, or Bake

For decades we’ve heard why Johnny can’t read, write, or do simple math. Whenever there is a crisis in American education, we tend to rally the troops to make drastic changes so Johnny can finally learn...
Author: Jack Berckemeyer
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Exploring Science Through Fine Arts

Exploring Science Through Fine Arts

Integrating the fine arts into science instruction promotes differentiation and encourages exploration.

The middle school years are a pivotal time in students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for science, according to the National Science Teachers Association. Science must be something that students do, not...
Author: Judy Beck, Laura Kaufmann, & Cece Toole
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Recognizing the A in STEM Education

Recognizing the A in STEM Education

We live in a world where you can’t understand science without technology, which couches most of if its research and development in engineering, which you can’t create without an understanding of the...
Author: Georgette Yakman
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