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The Business of Studying Children’s Interests

My name is Gigi Schroeder Yu.  Currently, I am a professional development provider for Christina Kent Early Learning Center (CKECC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Over the next few months I am hoping to share with you some of my experiences working with teachers and young children as we study the use of visual arts as representations of young children’s ideas and interests. CKECC is a non-profit early childhood center that is open full time/year round for working low-income families.  The mission of CKECC is to provide children of low income working families with quality childcare, early education, and nutritional services in a safe and nurturing environment.  Our staff of thirteen teachers creates an exceptional educational environment for the 65 children ages two to five years who attend our program. The teachers at Christina Kent Childcare and I are interested in exploring children’s interests and how these interests relate to learning.  My role at CKEC is to meet with teams of … Read Full Article

 

ALT/space News & Commentary

On Having A Split Personality -or- Being A Teaching Artist | Chio Flores

Going back and forth between these two roles of artist and art teacher, oftentimes in the same day seems like having a split personality; I am not thinking of the obsolete medical term but rather of my dual practice which involves inhabiting two worlds that fight constantly within me…

Even Better Together

Every three months I have the privilege of pulling posts from ALT/space online to create our associated print section in the Teaching Artist Journal.  I’m almost done with putting together our section for Volume 11(1), due in mailboxes by the end of January 2013. This will be the fifth section I have constructed and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]