Arts Integration: a boundary breaker in teaching the Common Core
Science students mix vinegar and water to create fog for a spin-off production of "Macbeth…”
Social studies students make movie trailers for political campaigns…
Geometry students become fashion designers to learn geometric principals…
These are just a few examples of arts integration, mixing arts instruction with the teaching of other Common Core subjects. The method, which has been around for decades but has yet to become mainstream, teaches students multiple subjects at once: a history lesson centered around a famous composer, for example, as students study a piece of music.
In some ways, the plan is a bit of a gamble. Many critics fear the strategy signals a move away from dedicated arts instruction in which students can master an instrument or discover their love for singing in a choir. Proponents say arts integration has the ability to get students interested in learning and encourage student attendance.
Join us as KPCC’s Mary Plummer and her guest teachers explore ways the arts are used in teaching the Common Core. We’ll show some of those amazing geometry-inspired fashions and talk about how it went with that fog experiment for “Macbeth!”
Doris Riley, sixth grade teacher at Rockdale Elementary School, a Visual and Performing Arts magnet school in Los Angeles
Ding-ay Tadena: math teacher at Hawthorne High School
Carol Tanzman: LAUSD Itinerant Elementary Drama Teacher; she teaches over 2500 students per year as she travels among 10 elementary schools, using arts integration as she works with common core teachers. (@caroltanzman)
Check out these fashions from Ding-ay Tadena's students:
Here's a sample from Sunshine Cavalluzzi's class from their "poverty battle plan" project: