Common Core in Action: Using the Arts to Spark Learning

In the 21st century, we are living in a creative society and economy rather than an industrial one, which begs the questions:

  •     What skills do young people need in this new world?
  •     How can they gain creative skills for innovation in the work place?

An Arts-Based Approach

While attending the Conference of the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), I participated in a session about the Common Core State Standards, where it was suggested that meeting English language and math standards begins with students’ passion for learning. The question is: what are the most effective methods to ignite that passion? The arts, of course! I believe that the performing arts can inspire all learners to invest in their own learning, and it is hugely important that teachers build opportunities for creative learning to model these important skills for their students.

Read the entire article by Courtney Boddie on Edutopia at

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