This school year (2014-2015), I have the luxury of having my own room and working at one school. This enabled me to bring all of my ELL and arts integration materials into a dedicated space and really go to town weaving arts integration into the English Language Development Curriculum. I’ve also been able to use more ELL strategies on one of the walls, specifically by creating a unique word wall, based on critical vocabulary of the Common Core. In addition, I am weaving Artful Thinking routines into lessons, as well as djembes and puppetry. On October 7th, I had a Poems, Puppets, and Pizza! event at my school, and over 60 ESOL children and family members showed up. It was a wonderful way for families to have fun and for me to give parents important information.
Check out Susan Riley’s great resource for arts integration, Education Closet.
Well, I know that when we were first told we had to do this blog and write about our experiences in our AI class, it just seemed like more work. All I can say is that time makes things more valuable. As I look back to read what I posted, I am so glad that I have so many reflections on various arts integration strategies. There were many things I had kind of forgotten–you teachers know how it is with being inundated with lots of new material and procedures–and so I am very glad now that I have this blog to go back to. I will definitely use my past reflections to remind me to use certain routines with my students this year.
We did it! In May my fellow cohort members and I donned caps and gowns for a lovely graduation ceremony at Towson University.
Towson University’s Arts Integration Institute offers the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Arts Integration (PBC-AI) in partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park, UMBC and Johns Hopkins University. This program works cooperatively with Arts Education in Maryland Schools Alliance (AEMS) to provide opportunities for teaching and learning in and through the arts at all Maryland schools.
The Arts Integration Certificate program is an interdisciplinary approach to arts education incorporating a variety of art forms (art, theatre, dance, music) as they apply to teaching across the curriculum in Maryland’s schools, K-12. This certificate supports Towson University’s mission to provide programs that enhance the teaching skills and professional development of educators and teaching-artists.
Still plugging along! I’m working on my action research plan and hope to earn my PBC in Arts Integration from Towson University this spring.
Well, here we are at the start of a new school year. I am very excited by the opportunity to use more arts integrated strategies this year. Also, I’m part of a cohort with Towson University, and this year I’ll be working on my Capstone Project, and I think it’s going to be very enjoyable. Oh, and one more thing: I’m doing Take One with NBCT. I think everything is interrelated, although it does seem a little crazy.