Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Renee's Emoji Writing Lesson (Art Integration)

Have you ever had that experience when you just click with other teachers and ideas seem to flow. Well, I have. It happened with my friend Ruth and Renee. We can have an idea and just figure out how to incorporate it into each other's lessons. Renee saw my post on this link and she took the idea and ran with it! How cool are these! I think her 2nd grade students did a fabulous job.

Here is what we’ve learned through experience about why the arts are so important: 

1. Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
2. Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them more easy to understand.
3. Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
4. Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance- all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
5. Integrating art with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in classwork.
6. Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
7. The arts provide challenges for learners at all levels.
8. Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world.
9. An article on PBSParent published in June of 2012 stated: “Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”
10. A study of Missouri public schools in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates and test scores.
We have blogged on emoji's before, see below:
Why is Arts Integration Important in the classroom:

When you have a lesson that makes you want to dance and shout and shake your body down to the ground! Ha... 1969

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