The best teachers are willing to employ a variety of techniques to engage students, thereby increasing their comprehension and retention of information.
Teachers participating in the Academy for Arts Integration held recently in Frankfort, KY, learned how to use a variety of art forms to enhance their lesson plans for teaching subjects like social studies and history.
The academy was the result of collaboration between The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, the Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Educational Television, and the Kentucky Historical Society.
By early next year, the lesson plans these educators developed during the Academy for Integration of the Arts, Social Studies and Creative Writing will be available for teachers statewide through the Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS).
Read the KENTUCKY TEACHER article about this professional development opportunity for teachers.
“While many of these teachers might actually lead a field trip to the Governor’s Mansion, our goal is that the teachers learn the strategies so that they can apply them to any field trip – or even virtual field trip – that they might take,” said Judy Sizemore, an arts education consultant and academy faculty.
Social studies, visual arts, drama, creative writing and English/language arts can all be integrated into a field trip to a historic site and doing so can dovetail with the Kentucky Core Academic Standards and national standards in those subject areas, she said.
Specifically the teachers learned how to use a historic site as a focused research opportunity, an inspiration for fiction or poetry, how to use drama to make a place, painting or artifact come alive, and how to read a historic portrait.
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