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Ardina’s Reply: November 2011

Mark’s letter to Ardina, November 2011 Mark, I’ve met with the 3rd graders at PS 48 twice now and I feel that we are already off and running. As you mentioned, getting to know the students is one of the first important tasks you and I have as LTA teaching artists so I dedicated the majority of the first class to meeting and learning a little bit about each student. This takes time (and patience from the students) but I have found it’s necessary in order to remember names and to connect with students later throughout the twenty-week residency in one-on-one conversations. My method is simple really, I ask each student to introduce themselves by sharing their name and one other “thing I should know” then I look at them in the eyes, say “hello,” and repeat their name a few times. From there on out I will always call each student by name and although in the beginning I may make a few mistakes, this routine helps me to develop a personal … Read Full Article

 

ALT/space News & Commentary

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…

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Deep, Rich, Wide & Timeless [2013 ALT/space Retrospective]

ALT/space is about the work of artists who teach in schools, communities and prisons. ALT/space contributors advance the teaching artist field by writing specific, concrete, and powerfully personal stories about what they do and how they do it. 2013 on ALT/space gave us a deep, rich, wide, and timeless swath of stories about teaching artist […]