Teachers these days are trying harder than ever to make sure their classroom reaches and touches the most students. They want to make sure every facet of their classroom reflects adherence to core curriculum and standards.

They understand the importance of trying to reach students in all possible ways. This would include appealing to all of the senses and facets of the imagination to make sure the core curriculum is represented in a variety of ways.

Integration of the Arts is important in the classroom and there are a number of important art modalities that you can use to make sure curriculum standards are presented in forms that students can reach, touch and use to integrate within the core curriculum.

Arts integration efforts seem to be the way that various ideas are implemented together into the classroom. This type of integration takes the arts and the practical approach to learning. Integration of all these concepts seems to be the buzzword in all classrooms today.

Generally this type of integration is the most practical in the STEM fields. It requires collaboration research and practical application between art teachers and those that are in the classroom teaching traditional core curriculum ideas.

Not only do educators have to collaborate with the ideas, but also students who work with an integrated approach know that it demands more of students, in thinking, processing and assessments that take learning standards to new levels.

These are some of the things you can expect when you put them all together. Natural standards and assessments are being brought together to allow creative curriculum classrooms. K-8 classroom curriculum can be integrated with artistic methods to help reach the common goal of enhancing the core curriculum and making it meaningful to students.

You can use a variety of curriculum integration techniques like mirroring for instance. It is good for common core math standards. Students mirror each other and it helps with concentration and math skills. Students can also create meaning from a painting and interpret personal meaning for each other.

Call and response used in music classes can help both with reading and rhythm. It can also be used with both reading and math concepts. Teachers can lead with hand clapping. Common core standards and arts integration programs are available online for those who want to use these methods.

Teachers can adapt the materials to suit themselves and the age group they are working with. Creative curriculum for the k-8 classroom can also be found through access points as teachers can weave creative curriculum with ipads, ipods or ways that technology appeals to students while integration is the creative way to teach core standards.

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