I am one of the “musical and theatrical illiterates” Beth Littrell refers to in our new department, “Technology in the Classroom.” I am hopeless when it comes to keeping time, so music making and dancing are out of the question for me despite my wishes that it were otherwise. Believe me, I’ve tried! But I’m very good at appreciation in all categories, and that, after all, is a significant part of the big picture.
In the “Student Voices” column this issue, I describe a trip to the ballet last spring to see a group of gifted dancers perform on stage. Even in my wildest dreams I cannot envision myself in that role; but
We begin our feature article section with a piece by Russ Sperling who directs the visual and performing arts program in the Sweetwater Union High School District in California. His article,
Hope Wilson and Jill Adelson share their expertise in integrating art and science in elementary classrooms and this appears surprising as well. Combining the arts with language arts or social studies is a familiar practice; but these authors point out the similarities in the tools used in both science and art, particularly observation and analysis. They include specific examples of units of study focusing
Finally, Delia Nerez-Ragadio and Beth Littrell created a detailed “Music Journal” as a solution to the chronic problem faced by music teachers: How to find time to meet the official content standards while at the same time rehearse and prepare students for concerts. The journal provides a myriad of prompts related to all components of the high school music standards; teachers may pick and choose which prompts they wish to pursue with their students. In their article, “Journaling into Understanding,” Littrell and Nerez-Ragadio outline the benefits resulting from journaling along with practical strategies for management. As in the Kaplan article, this strategy can be used across the curriculum and is not limited to the arts. Their journal prompts, however, are already prepared and they are willing to share them with you. You can find the complete journal on the CAGwebsite at: cagifted.org. On the home page, click on Resources. Throughout the issue you will find many resources, especially Web pages, devoted to strategies for promoting and integrating arts learning throughout the curriculum; don’t miss Carolyn Kottmeyer’s “Web Watch” column. We also include examples from national and state standards for the visual and performing arts, including Internet
As mentioned above, we introduce a new department this issue, “Technology in the Gifted Classroom. “Beth Littrell, a resource specialist for her district’s gifted program as well as a new-teacher trainer, and Lance Arnt, co-chair of the technology committee of the California Association for the Gifted, will author it. They will share their experiences and expertise with a variety of technological media