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Try This! Using Remote Methods to Reach More Students, and Collaborate!

Teaching remotely and on CANVAS has been a new challenge for many of us this year, and we have had to find ways of doing things online that traditionally were done in the classroom.  This is no exception for me as I am teaching art and music.   Close collaboration with classroom teachers has been…

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere - Part II (Grades 4-6)

Research Article: The Role of Arts Integration in Improving Student Outcomes

Hello BTSALP Arts Educators, I hope this blog finds each of you well, safe, and happy as we are approaching the Holiday Season and working in our ever-changing environments.  As I said last month, each of you, along with your hard-working classroom teacher colleagues are the heroes keeping the momentum of arts education throughout this…

Studio Habits of Mind: Change for the Better

My schedule just changed . . . again.  Art times have been shortened . . . again.  There was no money for the art supply budget this year and students are not allowed to share supplies.  There have been so many challenges to teaching art to elementary students through a pandemic.  However, this virus has…

Patterns, Patterns Everywhere

This monthly Artful Learning Resource is brought to you by Jen Terry and Rebecca O’Boyle.   Art Integration Educator Jen Terry has been a stand-out among educators over the last 24 years as a master-creator and master-integrator of art in the classroom. She has inspired a countless number of teachers, parents, and students to think…

Technology Ideas for Music Education and Beyond!

Hey, this is Shanda! Those of you who know me know that three of my favorite things are music, technology, and teaching. When I get to combine all three together it is a good day! Today I’m sharing my top ten music app picks and five honorable mentions. When I look for an app or…

Long-Term Impact: Reflections From Arts Integration Elementary School Graduates

Hello BTSALP Team, I am amazed each day at how you are all working to make this situation as successful as possible for your students.  We are battling changing environments, internet struggles, supply shortages, and on top of that, the worries that come with a worldwide pandemic.  I want to express how much I champion…

Mastering the Art of the Cart!

2020 has been a year of adaptation and sacrifice for everyone; however, few people understand how Covid protocol affects an art teacher/turned “Olympic Runner.” You might witness this teacher making a mad dash back to the classroom to snatch a forgotten art supply mid-lesson, or you’ll find these unsung heros awkwardly wheeling carts from room…

Some things never change… even during a pandemic… Kids love making art!

I am trying to use the enthusiasm of the students as my example and enjoy simple pleasures daily rather than wait for things to change. So far it’s working. ART BRINGS JOY, and not just to the students.  Cool Projects: Clay without a kiln (and no sharing) Project 1- Mini Medieval Gargoyles using ½ oz.…

Have a wiggle or two to work out? Need to jump start your brain? Has it been a while since you felt your heart quicken?

Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance is a perfect way to satisfy and engage learners. The following 3-5 minute cardio braindance videos will not only give your students a brain break to satisfy the wiggles, wake up the brain, and quicken the heart but will initiate brain-compatible learning cognitively, behaviorally, and emotionally. Courtni Giles has provided the…
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