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Engaging Diverse Learners: Arts & UDL in the Classroom, Part Two

I found myself in a classroom with nineteen ESL learners in South Boston.  Our task was to guide the students through the creation of fictional characters with individualized traits and customs and, finally, to create fictional narratives about these characters.  Seven of these children were not yet fluent in speaking or understanding English.  Also present in the room were three Special Needs students, each with their own cognitive and developmental challenges. Looking for ways to engage the broad range of learners that I would encounter in this classroom, I turned to UDL (Universal Design for Learning). UDL is a teacher-planning tool, developed by CAST, which incorporates and applies the latest brain and learning science in order to teach and engage the wide diversity found in today’s student population. Brain science and technological advances have allowed us to see inside the brains vast and intricate nerve networks while learning is occurring.  UDL focuses the … Read Full Article

 

The Simple Things | Ardina Greco

Wrapping paper, water bottles, wood Boxes, bags, and straws Scissors and string We can take recycled things We can take pictures And turn them into creatures We can take trash And turn it into … [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 […]

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 […]

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?

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]