I guess I've made it my personal mission to write about arts integration for every educational outlet that will let me! Seriously, though, I do hope it catches on in every school. I hope writing about it for a wide variety of outlets will help with that.
I always like to throw this disclaimer out about arts integration:
Arts integration should never, ever be used as an excuse or as the logic behind cutting funding for arts-specific education. Arts classrooms are necessary to the vitality of the inhabitants of this planet!!!
Well, now that I've gotten that off of my chest, let me share my PBS Teachers Lounge post. I sure hope you read it. Let me know what you think!
"Teachers are already having their students look at images and determine the fractional representations. Having them design a quilt square while using monochromatic colors adds the arts-integration component. Teachers are already having students find the main idea, theme, and details in what they read. Having them listen to a story and retell it, hits all of those speaking and listening skills. Encouraging them to change details but keep the same plot and theme pushes more creative thinking. Having them illustrate it after teaching about spacing and illustrations hits arts skills and adds the art integration piece.
Any teacher can do this!"