Arts Integration Workshops for Teachers
How can I use dance, drama, visual art, media, and/or music in my classroom to teach Math, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science? Will it help students learn? What research backs up arts integration as a way of learning? How can I engage students in holistic learning and global thinking? How do I foster 21st century skills? How can I get my students to move in the classroom without going nuts? How do I manage art supplies without a big mess? I’m not an artist–how can I feel comfortable using the arts in my classroom? How do the arts connect with what I need to teach? Will they help with Social and Emotional Learning?
The Southeast Center for Arts Integration answers these questions through participatory workshops for educators. Our facilitators lead teachers through arts-integrated experiences that successfully teach curricular content to real public school students. These classroom-tested, arts-integration practices are geared for teachers who think of themselves as “not artistic”–they build on the many strengths that classroom teachers already have. Teachers learn how to manage arts supplies effectively, how to lead movement in the classroom safely, how to conduct dramatic activities so students approach them seriously, and how to make direct connections between the arts and the Standard Course of Study and Essential Standards.
Teachers collaborate to create integrated lesson plans that are based on NC SCOS and Essential Standards. They comprehend how teaching with multiple intelligences in mind helps all students learn. They experience how the arts foster 21st century skills like creative thinking, critical thinking, collaborating, and communicating. They see how teaching with and through the arts aligns with current brain research; and climbs to the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy. They make connections between the arts and SEL.