Effective Teaching Methods

Why You Should Use These Effective Teaching Methods, Part Two

Let’s talk about why you should use these effective teaching methods. This is a two part series, so check out part one, will you?

https://dramamommaspeaks.com/2018/06/22/why-you-should-use-these-effective-teaching-methods/

 

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I have a second teaching method which works wonders with any aged kid–I guarantee it!

ARTS INTEGRATION

You may wonder what arts integration is specifically.  Simply put, arts integration is a method used to teach the core subjects infusing them with the arts–music, art, dance and theatre.

From http://www.tealarts.org/arts-integration.html

“Arts integration is an approach to learning in which standards based objectives from the visual and performing arts (the visual arts, music, dance, theatre and media arts) and one or more other subject areas are aligned, met, and assessed.

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It is important to know that arts integration does not supplant single subject art classes like band, dance, drama or drawing, but instead is used to design robust lessons that engage students in the processes used in the arts, such as creative thinking and active learning.

Done with diligence and purpose, arts integration helps students flourish, deepen their learning, and make meaningful connections between the disciplines. Studies have shown that art experiences result increased academic achievement, self-confidence, motivation, and improved social-emotional connections and behavior.”

Don’t ya love it?

Remember in elementary school when you got to draw a picture about some scene in the book you were reading?  Or write a poem about a moment in history? Yeah, it’s like that.

When I was in my forties, a vocal music teacher friend of mine and I  wanted to pursue a masters in education but not in curriculum and instruction (a masters many educators receive.)  She did some research and ran onto the Lesley College which offered a Masters in Education focused on Creative Arts Learning (aka arts integration.)

This was an off site campus location and the professors came to us once a month for eighteen months while we studied the various elements of the arts and how to integrate them into the classroom.

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My friend and I were ecstatic about the program! At the first class, we noticed there were several teachers lacking confidence and timid about their creativity. Well, that changed for the better by the end.  They fared as well or better than we did from the learning. Isn’t that great?

As I mentioned in part one I am now teaching college level students.  Since I was getting my feet wet with the material this first year, I hesitated to use arts integration to teach these college kids.  That was a mistake.

This fall, if I end up teaching for the college I will use arts integration right from the beginning.

It’s novel, it’s obviously creating, it’s very engaging and it’s fun.

Here are a few ideas for arts integreation in core subjects.

Students can:

  1.  Write a script depicting a particular time in history and act it out.
  2. Create a monologue of a famous person and perform it during an open house.
  3. Pen a poem about a country they are studying
  4. Draw and illustrate a picture demonstrating how the body works.
  5. Mold something from clay of a certain culture
  6. Create a rap about the U.S.’s fifty states and capitols
  7. Use movement to demonstrate the various types of clouds, how a typhoon is different from a tornado or the tetonic shifts in the ocean.
  8. Make a dance to accompany a piece of music from a time period which was studied.
  9. If you have musicians, ask them to play a piece of music to compliment the learning.  If the students are studying western expansions, a student could play a country western piece for example.
  10. When studying shapes, cut different ones for collages using basic geometry.  This helps teach and reinforce undrstanding of shapes.  Then as a group, incorporate them into a collage on a classroom wall.

As you can tell, the ideas are numerous.

Utilizing the arts in your classroom gives you energy, too.  Because every project will be creative, your intellect will be challenged.  This is essential for the teacher who plans to teach for many years.

Think about it–would it be more exciting to see what your students create and learn about a concept or merely you regurgitating material……for twenty-five years?

So, there you have it!  Try arts integration in your class or email me if you need help, I’m always willing to suggest ideas to interested teachers.  Rememeber, we are all in this together.

If you’d like more advice on teaching, check out these posts:

https://dramamommaspeaks.com/2018/06/22/the-12-steps-to-becoming-a-fantastic-drama-teacher-in-12-steps/

https://dramamommaspeaks.com/2018/05/10/the-lessons-i-learned-from-working-as-a-drama-teacher/

Contact me at dhcbaldwin@gmail.com or DeborahBaldwin.net

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How Successful Teachers Avoid Common Pitfalls

persuasion speech rubric

A common pitfall most teachers experience is thinking they must create everything for their classes all by themselves. Au Contraire!

So here’s the deal.  If you are a teacher and you haven’t discovered Rubistar4.com, you need to do so pronto!

Like most people, we do our best work when we help each other.  Many years ago when I first began in my teaching career, other teachers were not so keen to help you.

Now we know helping one another is the key to success. I really enjoy sharing with other teachers and having them share with me.  We’re all in this together, right?

Rubistar4.com is a wonderful site with templates for various assignments.  Trust me–this site will save you loads of time and time needs to be on your side not against you.

Here is my persuasion speech rubric, FREE.

Note:  This particular rubric was created at Rubistar4.com and then I downloaded to my document folders.

I created it for college level students in a Fundamental of Speech class.  It could easily be adapted for younger students. This free persuasion speech is just my way of showing support for other educators.

Click here: Oral Presentation Rubric – Persuasion Speech

Keep checking back for other rubrics.

I’d love to know how it works out for you.

The rubric is all encompassing and includes voume, posture, time, notecards, bibiliograpy, manuscript as well as grading the introduction, middle and conclusion of the speech.  There is room for notes in the margin, too. Also, I added a requirement to follow all the steps of Monroe’s Motivated Sequence (Attention; Problem/Need; Satisfaction; Visualization; Call to Action). This was created for the collegel level, but I think it could easily be simplified for other grade levels.

Using other teacher’s rubrics is one way to avoid the common pitfalls of teaching.  There is no harm or sin in using another teacher’s documents provided you give them credit if need.

Remember, we teachers are all in this together.  Until next time.

Contact me at dhcbaldwin@gmail.com or DeborahBaldwin.net

persuasion speech rubric

 

The Importance of Teaching

How do you answer the questions whether there is an importance to teaching?

There are days I think teaching is a lost art.

There it is….the respect for it is long gone.

Sometimes I think this way.  Other days, not so much.

Teaching is like anything.  Good teachers make it look easy.  They barely break a sweat.

Recently, I taught a class in reading of nonfiction.  Sounds hugely interesting, huh?

Yeah, the students didn’t think so either.

My first hurdle was attitude.  The students were placed in this required class because their reading scores weren’t high enough for college level classes.

The class was comprised of twelve students–four international (two of which dropped out after two weeks), four tyical college aged and three older students, non traditional I guess you’d say.

Boy howdy, was it tough!

The international students couldn’t understand English very well and looked confused most of the time.

The 18 to 21 year olds took everything in stride and although they missed class occasionally, did their best to learn what they needed.

Then there were the older adults.  They were the tough ones. I could understand why.

How would you feel if someone told you your reading scores were lacking?  You’d resent it, right? Especially when you took a big leap and went back to school to try and catch up your life and have a career instead of a job.  That’s tough enough.

Two of the older adult learners would wrinkle up their noses if they didn’t like the correct answer to a test question they had missed.  They’d huff at me when I instructed them.  If they were confused, they’d grow frustrated as quickly as a toddler.

I knew what they were needing–time, patience from me and differentiated instruction.

I worked at it, but after awhile I simply used the textbook to teach with. There is more to this story than I feel comfortable sharing, but basically….

A teacher will become demoralized if the students and administration don’t respect her.

Yeah, that was me.

I hope teaching won’t be a lost art.  I hope young people will continue to become teachers. Recently, both of our daughters decided to become teachers–one a drama teacher like her momma and the other wants to teach nursing. Both young women will do an outstanding job.

Thank you teachers. You are the salt of the earth. Our future depends upon you.

Contact me at dhcbaldwin@gmail.com

If you’d like to learn more about my journey as a teacher, check out this post:  https://wp.me/p3GDNp-uF