Managing Time – 11 reasons to integrate the arts …
- The arts deepen learning experiences authentically by inviting intellectual depth through the construction of meaning.
- The arts connect us to other times and places and engage students in viewing and exploring different viewpoints.
- The arts develop visual literacy and visual thinking skills that are essential skills for the 21st century.
- The arts provide powerful learning through multiple modes of representation, expression and engagement (visual, aural and kinaesthetic), so students can actively process what they are learning.
- The arts make learning visible through creative processes to finished products, which is something not experienced through rote memorisation of facts or taking tests.
- The arts provide opportunities for reflection and self-evaluation and help students to think about what they learned, how they learned it and what it means to them.
- The arts can foster creativity by providing multiple ways for students to make sense of what they learn and to create something original, rather than a copy.
- The arts build a social, cooperative learning community by providing opportunities for students to learn from each other and develop teamwork.
- The arts make connections so that students make meaningful connections to one another, to themselves, to their world and to other learning areas.
- The arts provide an engaging, positive context wherein students adopt a central and active role as meaning makers.
- The arts promote multiculturalism by providing students with opportunities to foster respect, tolerance and an increased appreciation of their own culture and that of others.
... and many more reasons. What can you add to the list?