Let’s Embrace the Evidence!

Students who read music learn to read.

Students who read music learn to read.

Julie Schmidt just sent a link to Using Music to Close the Achievement Gap, in The Atlantic magazine. (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/10/using-music-to-close-the-academic-gap/280362/)

The evidence for the power of multimodal teaching and learning from the early years on continues to grow, and yet educators continue to embrace the politically simple solution of insisting that teachers teach to the test, then being amazed that students do not climb to reach higher and higher, developmentally inappropriate benchmarks.
Living and learning for our complex world requires skills and understandings that cannot be tested with a pencil mark in a bubble, or with a snapshot of a moment. Children who are prepared should see multiple right answers, and be asking questions constantly. They should be learning through their ears, eyes, bodies and words – and therefore be measured in ways that celebrate this complexity.
As articles and new books appear supporting multimodal and arts-integrated learning, I will share these with you. However, when you find a great article or book, please join me in sharing, but commenting either here or on the discussion board.

Found on the Web

NCTM SmartBrief articles echo Total Learning strategies as they identify paths to successful teaching.

In the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) SmartBrief today (http://www2.smartbrief.com/servlet/encodeServlet?issueid=B9A8F0F7-F1DD-
4EDF-9C13-2F74CD21FDFF&sid=6b062cca-2789-4f0a-b0c2-6a97dc94e21a) , the articles include the following titles: How a Wisconsin school uses songwriting to enhance learning; Canadian students combine fitness with academics; Beyond Twitter: How students are using technology; Study: Strong reading skills are linked to higher math, science performance; How a Florida school uses project-based learning in STEM; and What can be done to crack down on student truancy?
The mathematics curriculum contains math concepts, skills and dispositions. The Total Learning ‘curriculum’ contains the strategies for delivering the mathematics, science, social studies and language arts curriculum content.
When we use music (auditory), art (visual), movement (kinesthetic), drama (linguistic), technology (digital), and project-based learning (studios) strategies to deliver other curriculum goals, students are engaged in hands-on experiences that encourage them to come to and stay in school.
However, students (and teachers) need to understand the Total Learning strategy and skills before they can apply it to learn other things. Our PD and Lesson Prep prepare the teacher, and the model lesson prepares the students. Your music, art, PE/movement and drama/literacy teachers provide on-going support as well.

If you find articles that relate to Total Learning strategies, find the relevant module and enter your link in Found on the Web so we all can read it.