Arts Integration at Potomac ES
The future of the Arts at Potomac
Integrating the Arts into the Curriculum
As you know, 6 additional teachers received Certificates of Study
for their participation in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education through the
Arts (CETA) program at a special awards ceremony and reception at the Kennedy
Center. Through the Kennedy Center’s CETA program, teachers study with their
colleagues in courses and workshops led by expert teaching artists and arts
educators. They learn about the arts and ways to integrate the arts into their
teaching through a range of programs designed to meet their varying needs,
interests, and experience. In-depth programs take place in Kennedy Center
partner schools that have committed to a school-wide focus on arts integration.
We have had courses at Potomac such as Lyric Writing in the
Classroom, Reading Portraits as Biographies, and Tableau, a drama technique,
with implications for all courses across subject areas.
Many of our teachers have taken a course or two every year over
the years. They integrate the arts when there are natural connections in the
curriculum MCPS have integrated arts into the curriculum as well. During the
writing of the curriculum arts specialists were part of the team to create this
dynamic curriculum. We just interviewed a teacher for next year, and she shared
many classroom lessons that incorporated many of these arts integration
strategies. Teachers can continue to take course at the Kennedy Center and we
can host a class at Potomac in the future. The work will go on.
The PTA has supported the arts in many ways. Not only did they
support the professional work with the Kennedy Center with funds; they also
funded artists-in-residence. These artists work closely with the teachers and
the students to incorporate their art form with the curriculum. Fourth graders
worked with a puppeteer this year as they created biographies, third graders
worked with Synectic Theater to create myths without words. Kindergarten
students worked with Yvette Lewis with a program, “So This is Opera”, and Fifth
graders collaborated with a playwright and wrote and performed original plays.
We will continue to work with artists-in-residence.
We also support art for arts sake in the classroom with
specialists every week. Suzanna Bazaric, music teacher, and Tori Wenger, art
teacher, are the resources for arts integration in the classroom as well as
teaching the students the skills to appreciate the arts and giving them the
knowledge based in the curriculum. All grade levels perform at Potomac every
year. It gives them confidence and needed performance skills that will be a
part of their experiences through their school lives and into retirement! The
PTA supports the arts at Potomac as well by increasing the supply of very
expensive Orff instruments and other materials and resources that are not
supported by the county.
5th Grade Playwriting
Arts Reflection Night sponsored by the PTA
2nd Grade Opera
Tableau with Kindergarten and 5th Grade