When students are engaged in arts integration and embodiment and take on their own directed expression of learning by demonstrating knowledge, powerful learning and assessment transpires!
The power of demonstrating understanding (assessment) using embodied arts integration strategies based in theatre arts, dance and music, as shown by this group of teachers presenting the process of metamorphosis, is a powerful means of engaging, exploring and demonstrating learning!
Art, Creation and Higher Order Thinking go hand in hand. Arts integration, used in the classroom to build literacy comprehension through drama and music, using visual art to understand and explore persuasive writing, and mathematical and geometric brain games to embody concepts, leads to deeper understanding and creative problem solving – life long skills benefiting all students.
Students use musical elements, in this case Solfege scaling, to embody a human protractor, and through analogous thinking, they transfer what they have embodied, to and understanding of how a protractor is used to measure angles.
In Social Studies, using character traits and mimetic movement from theatre arts, finds students enacting what they have been learning about the Gold Rush. Using Arts Integration allows students to engage through embodiment and explore their learning content, and then demonstrate what they know.
Arts integration uses the arts to help students engage in the use of all of their senses to access knowledge and communicate, not limiting their learning experience to linguistic forms of communicating and learning. AI takes the benefits of the arts and of the academics, and through the integration leads students to extended ways of learning and demonstrating knowledge.
Arts integration is the use of the arts to teach students the academic subjects. Arts Integration Solutions is a non-profit organization helping teachers to use arts integration to implement rigorous student learning.
Developing reading fluency and comprehension is supported through the integration of Reader’s theater, a powerful arts integration strategy that through repetitious readings, students expand and extend their reading fluencies – Arts Integration is a powerful learning engagement for students.
Implementing arts integration in the classroom allows students to evolve understanding and the transfer of knowledge through accessing information through the multiple modalities operative in the process of making art. Students engage in higher order thinking and creativity to support learning and the demonstration of knowledge. Arts Integration is a win-win for learner and teacher alike!
Through the use of the Japanese paper folding art of Origami, basic paper folding is used to create a physical and tactile representation that allows the learner to experience equivalence.
First Graders learn to identify numerals of greater than and less than values, by using one of the elements of dance, levels, in their teacher guided dance creation. Arts Integration creates opportunity for the students to deepen their learning!