Sophie K.

Before the semester began, I was vaguely familiar with Arts Integration, but I could not have accurately defined it. Even though I did not know the pedagogy by name, I already had hands-on experience teaching and working at a youth live action roleplaying (or LARP) company that prioritizes education. Through arts and crafts, movement, music, and performing the participants would develop amazing 21st-century skills, especially creativity, collaboration, flexibility, and leadership skills. Because LARP sparks the students’ passion and imagination, they actively seek out as much information as possible, memorizing large, complicated rulebooks and keeping track of complex mechanics in their heads while physically exerting themselves. Because of the positive effects of Arts Integration, which I had witnessed firsthand, I already had a positive association with it, but this class has helped solidify my belief by helping me learn the language to put this belief into words