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Teaching literacy through the arts

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Started by Merryn Dunmill 10 Oct 2011 3:17pm () Replies (5)

Our Arts Online team of community facilitators in Dance, Drama, Music - Sound Arts, Visual Arts and Art History are keen to hear from the wider teaching profession about the role you see arts playing in the teaching of literacy. Do you use the arts as contexts for developing literacy? What approaches are you using?


  • Merryn Dunmill (View all users posts) 01 Nov 2011 3:08pm ()

    Thanks for the sharing of ideas here! On Arts Online we have lots of professional readings too that might be of interest eg in Drama at

    http://artsonline2.tki.org.nz/TeacherLearning/professional/Drama/. Drama and Literacy and Drama and Citizenship are a couple of good examples along with Mantle of the Expert process drama teaching methods.

    You're so right Sharnelle regarding the need for PD for teachers to utilise the arts across the curriculum and yet it is so critical to effective teaching and sound pedagogical approaches....for the students who are the ones who readily and eagerly respond to arts contexts to enhance their engagement and understanding, and to develop multi literacies for a multi literate world. Teacher fear should not hold back good teaching. It wouldn't be acceptable to say we can't teach Math because we don't have the confidence or competence. What happens from that enjoyment and capability as children to adulthood? As Ken Robinson says, schools kill creativity....at our peril.


    I'd love to see this PD develop in the very near future, in face-to-face and online environments.



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