ERIC Number: ED206531
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Arts in the Classroom: What One Elementary Teacher Can Do.
Ambler, Nancy Morison; Strong, Barbara R.
This monograph, one in a series, describes ways in which elementary teachers have brought arts to the classroom. Descriptions of what teachers are doing are organized by themes. The first theme is the use of the arts in basic skill development. One teacher in Casper, Wyoming, produces rebus books for her students. These books offer a means of expressing words by using drawings or pictures which the children can identify using the correct word for the visual cue. Another teacher in a low income neighborhood of Washington, D.C. developed a very successful creative writing and dramatic arts program to provide remedial reading and language development assistance. The second theme is the value of the arts for their own sake. In one elementary school in Indiana, students enthusiastically produce a literary magazine "Harmony Times." The third theme focused on how some teachers use the arts to nurture self expression and individual achievement. Through one teacher's use of the arts in the classroom, students who had not previously experienced the satisfaction of achievement in traditional subject areas blossomed. The remaining themes of the monograph include the use of the arts to overcome community isolation, introduce and reinforce cultural and ethnic pride, and meet the needs of special students; the integration of the arts throughout the course of study; and the demonstration of professional leadership. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Community Involvement, Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Fine Arts, Integrated Curriculum, Leadership, Program Descriptions, Self Expression, Skill Development, Special Education
The Arts, Education and Americans, Inc., 10 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020 ($2.00, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Alcoa Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Arts, Education, and Americans, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: For related documents, see ED 196 745-747, SO 013 407-409 and SO 013 546-547. Photographs may not reproduce from EDRS in microfiche.