Philosophies

In a world with so many pedagogies and ideas, it is important to consider which to follow.

Arts Integration

art-integration

Arts Integration is a teaching philosophy which encourages all subjects (math, reading, spelling, science, etc.) to be taught through various art forms. Students who partake in Arts Integration curriculums tend to behave better, focus better, have stronger teacher-student and student-student relationships, as well as higher academic performance.

More information can be found at:

Chicago Arts Partnership in Education

Edutopia: Arts Integration

Nature Integration

kids-in-nature

Similar to Arts Integration, this pedagogy follows the notion that all subjects can and should be taught through nature exploration and outdoor play. Studies have shown that students who participate in Nature Preschools (early childhood care that centers around child-led natural exploration) have higher academic achievement than their peers when tested several years later. Nature Integration is also believed to relieve symptoms of ADD/ADHD, and other Learning Disabilities. Students involvment in nature is also crucial to Earth’s wellbeing because every natural scientist found their roots through childhood outdoor play.

More Information can be found at:

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Brooklyn Forest Preschool

Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Intelligence

Howard Gardner claims every human being has a compolation of mulitple intelligences which they excell in. The  intelligences are naturalistic, musical, visual-spatial, kinesthetic, logical, liguistic, existential, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Teachers should discover which intelligences each student utilizes, and find ways to incorporate that into the learning process.

More information can be found at:

“Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences” – Northern Illinois University

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