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Collaboration

The Perpich Center Arts Integration Network of Teachers engage in powerful professional learning experiences in which collaborating with colleagues is embedded in the program goals. Arts Integration as well as other interdisciplinary curriculum frameworks provide the on-ramp for collaboration.

Dorothea Lang's Migrant Mother

World Art Museums in Your Classroom

Responding to art is an important process in an arts classroom and can be a valuable strategy when integrating art into other content areas.  But not all classrooms have collections of art prints like many art classrooms have.  Here is a repost from my educational technology blog about Google's Art Project: Some pieces of artwork have had a profound impact on me. Dorothea Lange’s "Migrant Mother" is one such image that, for me, epitomized the despair of people during the Great Depression.

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Breaking Down the Walls, Building up the Excitement

Shipwrecks abound in room 202 at William Kelley High School in Silver Bay, MN. Each student in my class is researching his or her very own Lake Superior shipwreck. Engagement has never been higher. Students feel ownership over their reading because they are the only one with knowledge about a particular shipwreck. After a local storyteller’s visit, students have begun telling their own stories. Conversations between students and parents have been sparked as students bring their excitement home.

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Transformation through Collaboration

Interdisciplinary learning and collaborative group work can be challenging (and rewarding) for students. Our students explored the big idea of transformation through poetry, animation, and music while working in groups to produce a final project. We as teachers worked to bring the tools and techniques of each of our disciplines to make this learning a rich interdisciplinary experience for our students. Our transformations began....

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Got Adventure?

What does a puppet show, musical composition, scale models, and shipwrecks all have in common? All four are a part of units we are constructing collaboratively in our interdisciplinary group of teachers.

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Student Conversations

At a recent workshop with our Perpich Arts Integration Network Teachers we continued our exploration of collaboration. We have visited this theme in a number of ways over the course of the past school year focusing on both teacher and student perspectives. We use the video “Austin’s Butterfly.”

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