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  Connecting With The Arts Home   A Teaching Practices Library, 6-8
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Why Integrate With the Arts?

As many teachers know, meaningful integration of the arts with other subjects is a valuable key to student engagement and success in the middle grades. Teaching the arts in conjunction with other subjects helps create flexible thinkers, and encourages students to synthesize new relationships between ideas. It also reinforces the arts as core subjects in their own right.

Arts integration enables students to:

  • Discover natural connections among subject areas
  • Deepen understanding of important concepts that transcend individual disciplines
  • Engage in the artistic processes of creating, performing, and responding
  • Think and work using aural, visual, and kinetic modalities Communicate using various media and symbol systems

  • Combine knowledge and methods from different disciplines
  • Apply what they learn in one area to challenges encountered in another.


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