The authors in this volume share exemplary arts-integration practices across the K-8 curriculum. Rather than providing formulas or scripts to be followed, they carefully describe how the arts offer an entry point for gaining insight into why and how students learn. The book includes rich and lively examples of public school teachers integrating visual arts, music, drama, and dance with subject matter, including English, social studies, science, and mathematics. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of why and how to use the arts every day, in every school, to reach every child. Both a practitioner's guide and a school reform model, this important book:
Explains how arts integration across the K-8 curriculum contributes to student learning.
Features examples of how integrated arts education functions in classrooms when it is done well.
Explores intensive teacher-education and principal-training programs now underway in several higher education institutions.
Offers concrete ideas for educators who are looking to strengthen their own skills and improve student opportunities for learning.
Table of Contents
Foreword Cyrus E. Driver vii
Introduction: Five Best Questions About Arts Integration: What to Ask Before Your Start David M. Donahue Jennifer Stuart Todd Elkin Arzu Mistry 1
Part I Essential Questions About The Arts and Integration
1 What Is Art? Laurie Polster 19
2 How Does Art Connect to Social Justice? David M. Donahue Jennifer Stuart Todd Elkin Arzu Mistry 31
Part II Art for Every Child
3 Creating Alliances for Arts Learning and Arts Integration Louise Music 45
4 Seeing Is Believing: Making Our Learning Through the Arts Visible Stephanie Violet Juno 57
Part III Art In Every School
5 Leadership for and in the Arts Lynda Tredway Rebecca Wheat 71
6 Arts Integration: One School, One Step at a Time Debra Koppman 79
7 Musical People, a Musical School Sarah Willner 89
Part IV Art Every Day
8 Visual Prompts in Writing Instruction: Working with Middle School English Language Learners Dafney Blanca Dabach 103
9 Creativity as Classroom Management: Using Drama and Hip-Hop Evan Hastings 111
10 Keeping Reading and Writing Personal and Powerful: Bringing Poetry Writing and Bookmaking Together Cathleen Micheaels 122
11 Learning and Teaching Dance in the Elementary Classroom Patty Yancey 138
12 Working with K-12 Students: Teaching Artists' Perspectives Ann Wettrich 148
Afterword Lois Hetland 159
About the Editors and Contributors 167