What speaks to you?
I believe that arts integration is such a great way to do cross curricular activities and build upon each aspect of both areas.
I also think that VTS gets students thinking at a deeper level. As a teacher I would love this, because it is a self taught discussion...and I am constantly learning from the students during self taught discussions.
Does it give you any ideas?
VTS gives me ideas on how to use the same concept only with listening skills. For instance, lead them in a discussion on a kandinsky piece while seeing the visual representation as well. I like how, in the video, the gentleman said he was even surprised by the younger students. At first he didn't think they were capable, but realized quickly that they had great ideas too.
How do you integrate art into your current curriculum?
I really like the ideal of teaching fractions with whole notes, half notes and quarter notes. I already teach music math, but this takes that to a deeper level that I really enjoy. Math and music are my thing!
I truly believe if we could get all teachers to do a little arts integration in their curriculum and encourage them to work with us, then the students would benefit greatly!
Thinking at a deeper level, YES... higher order thinking skills are my thing. I want my students to learn to think for themselves and not be afraid to take chances. I like VTS for the the simple fact that it helps instill in them that they need to not be afraid to look into something and share what they think. One of the videos or the article mentioned that he students run into the pitfall of "what am I supposed to think" in terms to artwork, and not the "How it makes me feel" or "What I see". I want my students to not look at me as the authority on a subject and instead look for themselves.