The reason why arts integration holds so much potential for the classroom is the power of art to engage students in experiential learning, which is the process for making meaning directly from the learning experience as opposed to academic learning, the study of a subject without the direct learning from experiencing that subject. But there is a distinction between classrooms that use arts as a resource and classrooms that fully integrate art in the planning and implementation of curriculum.
Children thrive on the study of the arts. The arts open doors to creativity. They nourish critical thinking and innovation. Important new technologies can only add to the scope of the arts. The articles and lesson plans below provide research and strategies to help you effectively integrate the arts in your classroom.
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