Welcome back to the Not So Wimpy Teacher podcast! In this episode, I’m chatting with long-time teacher and author, Elizabeth Peterson, about how valuable the Arts are to students and how to integrate them into your classroom in simple, yet effective, ways.
In her 20 years of teaching, Elizabeth has been a huge proponent of using the Arts to help students with social and emotional learning. She has seen the Arts become a means of growth, expression and learning for children of various ages and abilities and she shares her experiences and best tips!
Episode 69 Takeaways:
+ You don’t have to be a musician or an artist to integrate the arts into your classroom in an effective way
+ Teaching kids active listening is all about being active with your ears and brain, not just active with your body
+ Have “Listen Alouds” where you play a piece of music during snack time and let your students identify sounds, emotions, themes, etc.
+ Take “Brain Breaks” with your class and have them stand up, stretch or even dance to get their whole body moving
+ Try “Friendly Friday” and let your students use their creativity to make an encouraging card or note for another classmate
+ Consistency with these small additions is key
The good news is you can even implement these ideas in a virtual classroom! Do your movement break on a zoom call by sharing your screen with the class and playing a Go Noodle or YouTube video for them to dance to. Do your listen aloud in your virtual classroom. Have kids write encouragements to each other on a google comment thread.
The more your students see YOU expressing creativity with confidence, the more they will feel comfortable themselves.
Integrating the Arts into your classroom can have a powerful effect on your students, helping them process and express their emotions in a productive way.
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