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  Connecting With The Arts Home   A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8
  Preserving a Place for the Arts
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  School: Clarkton School of Discovery
  Location: Clarkton, NC
  Grade: 6, 7, 8
  Disciplines: Visual Art
Language Arts
  Description: Creative scheduling and unusual elective classes infuse arts throughout a school curriculum.



Connecting to Your Teaching

Reflect on Your Practice

  • Have you had to adapt to reductions in programs or curricula that you felt were important to students (e.g., the arts, physical education, science, languages)? If so, how?
  • In your school, is it relatively easy for you to collaborate with either arts or non-arts teachers? Why or why not?
  • Is it common for individual teachers to try and integrate the arts alone, in their own classrooms? Why or why not?
  • What artistic skills or special subject matter expertise do you have that you might draw on more in your teaching?

Adaptations / Extensions to Consider

Adapt to your school: Talk to colleagues about creating an arts-integrated elective that could be offered at your school (e.g., Dance-A-Story and My Life, My Roots, My Dreams).

Leverage technology: If your school has a computer lab or video production studio, get students involved in projects that take them outside the classroom, gathering and making stories that matter to them.

NEXT: Additional Resources, including unit materials that teachers used.



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