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Connecting With the Arts : A Workshop for Middle Grades Teachers
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What Is Arts Integration? [electronic resource]

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Presents three instructional models for integrating the arts: independent instruction, team-teaching, and collaborations with community resources. Challenges teachers to consider the best fit for their community of teachers and learners. Also explores informal, complementary, and interdependent curricular connections, with examples of what these different types of arts-integrated instruction look like in the classroom.
Online
2005
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Why Integrate the Arts? [electronic resource]

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Explores how integrating the arts with other subjects can benefit middle school students by raising the level of student engagement, addressing diverse learning styles, establishing the relevance of learning, and providing alternative ways to communicate.
Online
2005
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How Do We Collaborate? [electronic resource]

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Illustrates a variety of teaching partnerships that allow teachers to integrate the arts by collaborating with fellow teachers and visiting artists, and by utilizing community resources.
Online
2005
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What Roles Do Students Take on? [electronic resource]

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Examines the artistic process of creating, performing, and responding. Films students assuming various roles as they research, write, plan, design, direct, create, perform, and critique.
Online
2005
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What Are Connecting Concepts? [electronic resource]

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Focuses on one of the keys to planning good integrated units, finding concepts that can connect learning in different disciplines. Films how teachers organize instruction around themes and through concepts.
Online
2005
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What's the Big Idea? [electronic resource]

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Demonstrates how to plan and teach toward important understandings that have lasting value. Live-action filming of arts-integrated instruction captures the moment when students make deeply personal connections to what they are learning.
Online
2005
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Identifying What Students Are Learning [electronic resource]

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Investigates ways to evaluate student learning in and through the arts. Shows teachers using arts-based performance tasks to assess student understanding.
Online
2005
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Reflecting on Our Practice [electronic resource]

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Explores methods for assessing instructional practice in arts-based instruction. Films teachers reflecting alone and interacting with colleagues to evaluate and refine their planning and teaching. To conclude, the discussion group models a protocol that allows teachers to draw on the expertise of colleagues to refine their practice.
Online
2005