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Visualizing Time | Anagha Bhat

An entire class was discussing the old places of their town, its geography and the changes they had observed there in their lifetimes. Some were arguing with each other about directions and other minute details of the city.  Students were also drawing the landscape of their city on mount boards or creating 3D models.  This was my latest experiment which focused on getting to know about how these students’ city looked when it was young.  I wanted them to visualize the past.  One common factor I have noticed while working with students for my PhD research work is that their notion of the past is somewhat related only to the kings and wars. They seem to have never experienced history as an interesting story; the past is always quite distant from their personal experiences and hence history becomes merely a list of events with dates to remember. Being an artist and an archaeologist I decided to take the liberty of helping these children think more creatively and imaginatively about … Read Full Article

 

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On the Periphery | Anna Plemons

Thread #1: Earlier this year, the young musician (who wrote a response to The Teacher’s Chair), brought an article to the A Facility writing group that he wanted to read and discuss.  I have been … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

Whose Reality?

Linda Bruning and I were in the middle of an interchange about the first draft of her recent post, The Road and its Reality.  I thought it was a great piece from start to finish, but something was bugging me, and I could not put my finger on it. “I think you make your point […]

Happy Half-Birthday, ALT/space!

ALT/space online is six months old!  During this time we have been diligently producing monthly posts and, here at the half-year mark, I am noticing an interesting shift.  All along I knew we were working hard, but still I am surprised how quickly we have moved into new, interesting, thought provoking and generative terrain.  What’s exciting […]

ALT/space 2012 Highlights: Part One

As 2012 comes to a close I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all the ALT/space contributors who have written about their work in the last year.  They have shared moments of celebration, art making and, sometimes, struggle and we have all benefited from their tales, both individually and as a profession. Although […]

The Other Half

One thing that impresses me about the writing on ALT/space is the sheer scope of the stories collected here.  Even in what are still the early months of occupying our online habitat, a widely drawn picture is emerging from multiple personal narratives about teaching artist work and realities. On the one hand, there is Spoon […]

Harvard Recap | Malke Rosenfeld

In early August I attended a three day institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) called The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning and led by Steve Seidel and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  I signed up after receiving a very generous invitation-only grant award that encouraged me to attend one of HGSE’s […]

The Well-Told Story: Celebrating Two Years of ALT/space!

Not everyone who contributes to ALT/space is a writer by trade, nor do they need to be.  Writing about our work and the things we are thinking, focusing on, wondering about and struggling with while we teach is a valuable process, whether or not we think of ourselves as writers.  The kind of writing that […]