The power of visual thinking strategies and art integration into the classroom helps students develop academically. Whether it is a song, a movement, or a picture that helps them remember or express their ideas and thoughts, it is beneficial. It is much better than having a teacher talk the entire class time or telling students what and how to think about various topics. The conversations and teamwork that can be achieved through art, promotes interpersonal skills that will be needed in their future.
I usually try to use art integration as “the hook” to captivate the interests of students when teaching. From song, “Mr. C; when followed by ‘i,’ ‘e,’ or ‘y’. He says /s/, /s/, /s/, /s/” to teach phonics rules. To picture walks before reading a book or doing movements before teaching verbs, art is a fun and interactive way to learn.
When I was watching the VTS videos, it stressed the importance of Bloom’s Taxonomy and creating higher order thinking questions. These questions need to be pre-determined and thought out beforehand so students can be challenged. This will not only encourage and motivate a student’s thought process but also create a sense of ownership in ones education.