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A few years ago, I was working at a middle school as an arts integration teacher. My charge was to promote the benefits of STEAM projects and incorporate the arts into classes you normally wouldn’t find them. As someone who has been writing and speaking on the topic for years, it’s a role I truly enjoyed—but… Read More

The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team July 21, 2017

There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process: When students engage in… Read More

Enter to Win: Online Arts Integration & STEAM Conference Tickets Up For Grabs

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team July 10, 2017

You know the whole STEM to STEAM movement? We’re completely on board. For students to be prepared for the ever-evolving job market and the needs of society tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that), STEM initiatives that immerse them in science, technology, engineering, and math are crucial. But so is layering in… Read More

Summer vacation is a much-needed break for staff and students, but encouraging students to continue to read over the break can help their minds stay mentally active. They will also be better prepared when school is back in session. Here are some activities that don’t take too much time but still promote summer reading and… Read More

One challenge for teachers in all disciplines is working with a group that includes reluctant readers and writers along with gifted students. It is difficult to ensure that your curriculum appeals to students at all levels of differentiation and passion. Students at all writing levels benefit from learning to create graphic novels and comics Using… Read More

With an increase in English Language Arts standards focused on informational, exploratory, persuasive, or even narrative writing, students often do not get a significant amount of time for playful creative writing. In the early years, experimenting with ideas and creativity can help young writers develop a nimbleness with language that imbues their nonfiction work with… Read More

4 Fun Art and Craft Activities for Preschoolers

By Room 241 Team February 11, 2013

Art and craft activities allow preschoolers to apply creativity to the learning process. Art projects can incorporate math, science, shapes, numbers and colors, and many students enjoy the hands-on application of learning. Arts and crafts also allow students something tangible to bring home at the end of the day. Here are four fun art and… Read More

Until recently, art and schools have gone hand and hand. Every class had access to arts education. At the very least, students could count on art class once a week as well as access to extracurricular activities such as a school band or drama club. However, the trend of the 21st century has been to… Read More

3 Sites That Offer Online Art Appreciation Classes

By Room 241 Team January 9, 2013

A significant amount of data shows that art and music can greatly enhance a student’s academic performance, including in core subjects. Exposure to the arts can improve the understanding of math and reading, help behavioral issues, promote whole-brain resourcefulness and boost one’s creativity and problem-solving ability. From playing a musical instrument to listening to classical… Read More

Blending Art and Reading Programs for K-5

By Room 241 Team October 29, 2012

Nearly every subject in school has an element of reading involved, even math and science, which makes reading one of the most important skills developed in elementary school. The ability to read well isn’t the only necessary component of good reading, though. Reading comprehension is even more essential. By blending art and reading programs in… Read More

Adding Art Appreciation to High School Social Studies

By Room 241 Team October 17, 2012

While math and science are fundamental for a good high school education, adding art appreciation to the curriculum can enhance every student’s educational performance. Budgets cause schools to cut certain classes Faced with strict budgets, many public high schools have cut back on teaching the arts. Band, music and drama classes, along with the study… Read More

Affordable Art Projects for Middle School Classrooms

By Room 241 Team October 12, 2012

Even in this digital age, it is important for teachers to help students develop an appreciation for art. In some cases, art helps to reach students who otherwise might be hard to motivate in a traditional manner.  Art also allows more academic students to explore their creative sides. Here are five art projects that teachers… Read More

The 21st-century economy depends on a diverse array of talents and occupations. Highly educated professionals such as doctors, lawyers and software engineers capture much of the media’s attention. But the work of electricians, mechanics, carpenters, welders and builders is just as important to a functioning society. And it’s up to industrial arts teachers to equip… Read More

Children’s museum educators develop and promote museum exhibitions that fire the imaginations of their young visitors. If you’re excited about creating and sharing imaginative educational content for kids, you should look into a career as a children’s museum educator. This guide is a concise overview of the job responsibilities, required education and likely salary of… Read More

Art Teacher Careers: Job, Education and Salary Information

By Room 241 Team August 16, 2012

Art teachers instruct, inspire and help students express themselves creatively. Through their art, people of all ages can not only explore their emotions, they can share them as well. They can also use art to explore their creativity and give free rein to their imaginations. As an art teacher, you will guide your students through… Read More