This blog was brought into existence to help middle school teachers create and support performing arts programs at their school. Schools are busy places and the priority is on academics. Often teachers are the people who give students opportunities to become involved in the performing arts, by offering to support and generate extracurricular activities. Teachers supervise students, give their prep time, their room, allow access to needed equipment, and generally make experiences happen. Participating in the performing arts has a huge impact on students. Students stay motivated to stay in school. Dance, theater, poetry, speech or choir clubs can help students develop leadership skills and gain self esteem. Students become goal minded and focused. They learn to take responsibility and practice not only a performing art, but how to get along with others and get a project done. Through performing arts projects, middle school students get a well rounded, enriched educational experience.
Producing performing arts activities often involves using technology. Teachers and students have access to free and useful Web 2.0 resources that are only a click away. Technology tools are a New Frontier – they give us new ways to think and create. By combining Web 2.0 with the performing arts, teachers and students learn new ways to implement their ideas and develop resourcefulness along with creative skill building.
In this PerformingArtsWeb.org blog you will find:
- online information, support materials, and Web 2.0 tools for performing arts projects
- activity ideas with links to related standards and curriculum
- useful techniques from other teachers and performing artists
- information on how to find performing artists who come to schools.
- example forms and information on grants.
PerformingArtsWeb.org is an interactive blog. Please post your thoughts and comments! Information that you share becomes immediately available to others and the ideas will keep flowing.