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Pay Attention | Gigi Shroeder-Yu

"Nobody sees a flower really, it is so small.  We haven’t had time, and to see takes time." (Georgia O’Keeffe) It has occurred to me that what might be lacking in teacher professional development and student learning is perhaps something much simpler and less expensive than more recent attempts suggested by those designing and selling prepackaged assessments and curricula.  In my opinion, what we need to be teaching teachers and children to do is to pay attention. Paying attention is not easy for teachers or children.  It requires time and organizational structure.   In my experience, the documentation and learning experiences of the Reggio Emilia approach, Descriptive Review, and other educational programs that build curriculum based on children’s interests support the role of paying attention.  The teachers at Christina Kent Early Childhood Center (CKECC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico study photographs, children’s artwork, and recorded conversations to focus their attention on … 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

Who is Art Really For? | Debora Broderick

In encouraging my students to embrace an arts integrated pedagogy in their future classrooms, I’ve been forced to recognize and acknowledge their anxiety about making art and facilitating arts-based lessons. This has left me pondering a question that kept surfacing throughout the year: Do you have to be an “artist” to make art?

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 […]

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 […]

An Opinion & Some Questions | Nick Jaffe

Art making and art learning should be in all schools because all students should have the right to learn to make their art, and make it better, and because one can learn and teach many things in depth through art making. This is the same reason that dynamic, interesting and in-depth work in math, science, history, literature, and athletic and shop and auto mechanics classes should be in schools…

“But I’m not a writer!” | Malke Rosenfeld

This fall I’ve had two fabulous opportunities to run workshops for artists; in our sessions we’ve been working on building an understanding about what it means to write about teaching practice and how to get started.  After three years of curating and editing ALT/space online (now with a new design and eminently more searchable) the collective […]

Places We Work

ALT/space has now been online for a year and a half!  It’s incredible to realize that in this short time thirty-one teaching artists have contributed 171 diverse stories about all aspects of their teaching practice.  As we grow over time, we hope the stories collected here will represent as wide and detailed a picture as […]