Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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The Art of  
A Workshop for High School Teachers
the Arts

In This Program


A sign language teacher teaches signs to dancers

Visual Art

A visual art teacher talks with a student about his sculpture


Theatre teacher listens to a group of students planning a scene


Vocal music student singing, accompanied by her teacher

Getting Ready (15 minutes)

The Language of Collaboration

Rodin's sculpture "The Thinker" is a well-known symbol of inquiry. The lone stoic figure depicts thinking as a solitary creative process. But many artistic and scientific creations emerge from the joint thinking, emotional connections, shared struggles, and passionate conversations common in collaborative relationships.

What special communication challenges arise in each discipline — dance, music, theatre, and visual art? 

Read the question below that corresponds to your discipline, and try to formulate an answer for the group.  As you do so, share some ways you help students acquire the communication skills they need.

Dancers and choreographers move and talk while rehearsing. But during a performance, the dancers interact and adjust to each other without speaking. 

During an orchestral concert, the musicians individually create sounds that blend into music.

The development and performance of a play requires the combined efforts of a director, actors, designers, and technicians.

Visual Art
Several artists work together designing and painting a mural.


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