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.
I’m so excited about going with educator friends to MATI at University of Maryland. MATI is hosting an arts integration conference from July 8 – 12. I hope to learn many new strategies for using the arts to teach children skills in the 4 core subject areas.
Theme: Taking a Stand. Playing clips of music and asking students to write down what political stance the music represents, i.e. (War, what is it good for–against the Vietnam War). Using photo of Ruby Bridges and then Norman Rockwell. Tableaux. (Taking on roles of different people in the photo or illustration.) Writing lyrics using well-known melodies–take a stand. Music and counting. Make songs.