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Newark Museum Jefferson Elementary School: Integrating Art

Professional Development day at Newark Museum Integrating art is important and Jefferson Elementary School knows it! When integrating art throughout the curriculum it builds critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and CREATIVITY! To learn more educational strategies on integrating art into the classroom Jefferson's 5th grade teachers and Art teacher attended a professional development day held at the Newark Museum. Jefferson teachers learned a variety of teaching strategies that can be used to deeply engage students in learning. Research has shown that deeper student engagement increases student attention span and focus, motivates higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes meaningful learning experiences.

One of the simplest techniques that the teachers learned is Looking Deeper with VTS: Visual Thinking Strategies. This technique is done by asking the following questions repeatedly to guide the conversation: What’s going on in this picture? What do you see that makes you say that? What more can we find? Next time you see some artwork keep those questions in mind to help guide your own conversations!

Article Written By: Laura Kruglinski- Jefferson Art Teacher

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