Four Philadelphia elementary schools are testing whether arts instruction improves math and science learning.
When teachers try to integrate the arts — music, visual art, creative writing, dance, etc. — in their classrooms, they risk sacrificing academic content, warns Susan Barber on Edutopia. She suggests five guidelines to prevent arts integration from becoming just arts and crafts.
Teachers can find arts-integration lessons with an academic focus that are aligned to Common Core standards at sites such as the Getty, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Kennedy Center, Barber suggests.
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