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Rebecca Bal
What speaks to you?
On video "Introduction to VTS:" the speakers go over the many skills that are practiced/enhanced when using this teaching strategy. Some of these skills are inferences, drawing conclusions, arguing evidence, and more. In another article Yenawine (1997) in “Thoughts on Visual Literacy”  adds to this list of skills by stating that VTS can require the child to use many part the parts of the brain (thus strengthening these areas) such as requiring the brain to question, fact find, and more.  They also elaborate on how this is one way to teach critical thinking skills at a young age. Each of these skill areas are very important but difficult to teach. I can truly see how this simple teaching technique could enhance these skills. This is easy and quick to do and the benefits are plentiful. Lastly, I can easily see how this simple strategy can be used in any subject.

Does it give you any ideas?
Yes, I currently am I high school co-teacher in the language arts department. A major part of the standards are requiring the students to look at deep and complex literature critically, examining it, looking for meaning. For students with reading disabilities, and for many other students, some of these texts can be very difficult to comprehend, this makes gathering some sort of deeper meaning from these texts very frustrating at times. For example, in contemporary literature, we examine different pieces of literature and require the students to think about those texts in terms of societal issues. I think it may be helpful to have them look a picture or two that has to do with the issue and do some sort of discussion about prior to reading. Not only would it be a great way to include art, work on the variety of skills VTS enhances, but I think this would help them gain the background information they need to more easily comprehend the text.

How do you integrate art into your current curriculum?
To be honest, I am not the best at this prior to this class. But as I mentioned above, I now have some very easy and effective ideas to try in my current classes. I am going to begin adding in photographs/art from the time periods of the texts/stories I am requiring students to read prior to reading to enhance comprehension of the stories.

Other reactions?
In the video “Arts Integration:What is it?” Susan Riley begins by stating that she recognizes how overwhelming integrating the arts can be with how busy teachers are today. This is something that I thought a lot about at the beginning of the class. However, as I move further into the class, I am beginning to recognize more and more of the benefits. In addition, I am realizing that this does not always have to be something that is really complex and hard to implement. I have thought of many easy and quick (yet effective) ways to do this in my classroom. In addition, she went on to explain unique ways to integrate art in a variety of subjects, this helped me to think about how I could do this in classes other than my current placement.