Making Connections Across the Curriculum

Back to the Massachusetts Educational Curriculum Frameworks which advocate for making connections across the curriculum. Here's what it says:

Making Connections across the Curriculum

Teaching an interdisciplinary curriculum involves collaboration among faculty and the community. Teachers and students might explore topics such as:

• visual, oral, aural, and kinetic elements of the four arts disciplines;
• characteristics common to the process of creating art works in each discipline;
• interpretations of a theme or concept, such as harmony or compassion, through each of the four arts disciplines;
the ways in which the content of other disciplines is interrelated with the arts; including languages and literacy, scientific principles, mathematical reasoning, and geographical, cultural, and historical knowledge; and
the ways in which concepts from other core disciplines may be expressed through the arts.

While all of these points are important, I want to focus on the point of the last two since they deal with integrating the arts. They make a direct correlation between the arts and science, math, language and history and how concepts from these core disciplines, even though I'm not a fan of that term, can be "expressed through the arts."

I know I keep harping on this point, but the practice of integrating the arts is backed up by the highest educational power in the state. We need to become fluent in these frameworks, as we move forward in implementing them. We need to put language to what it is that we do in our classrooms so that others can understand and get behind it.


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