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 […]

Color as a Classroom Tool

In my previous article I wrote about the differences I see between teaching “the how” (a focus on process) versus teaching “the what” (teaching toward product). By breaking it down “the how” into sub-categories, I have become able to interweave it into my teaching style. One such sub-category for me has involved learning about and […]

Becoming a Teaching Artist | Carol Ng-He

Entering my fifth year as a teaching artist, I have come to find that this role has many more dimensions than I initially thought when I first started.  Recent conversations with colleagues whom I have known at different times, have inspired me to reflect on the forms of work a teaching artist can do.  Ultimately, […]

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 […]

Restorative Practices: Community Arts Integration

As I drive through the streets of Tucson and Phoenix it feels at times as though I’m on another planet. There are long blocks of single story strip malls, clusters of apartment complexes, convenience stores and micro housing developments looking out of place, everything is designed around the automobile. Walking several blocks in 109-degree weather […]

Arts & UDL in the Classroom, Part One: Meeting Diverse Learners | Richard Jenkins

In the fall of 2009 I found myself in a 3rd grade ESL (English as Second Language) classroom in South Boston. I work as a cartoonist and visual storyteller and I was contracted to guide the students through a cartooning and story making activity. I was excited but also nervous about effectively reaching and engaging […]

Beyond Self-Criticism

One morning, as I finished demonstrating drawing a face on the board, a little boy looked at his paper and then looked at me. “I don’t like this,” he told me.  I replied, “Let me look at it for a moment.”  He looked at me with a sense of hesitation and, I could tell, was […]

But it’s a Dry Lavender, Crimson, Gold Heat | Michael B. Schwartz

The end of the school years means its assessment, reflection and celebration time.  I know we did our job when students want to know more about specific techniques and concepts. With few students getting a formal arts education in Tucson many of our participants arrive drawing stick figures and depart wanting to know more about […]

Cultural Lenses

There are those wonderful opportunities in an educator’s life that are worth sharing, and this is one of those times. While teaching at Missouri State University, I have been on many diversity committees and have promoted diversity on campus. Last spring, while in a committee meeting I mentioned to Dr. Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Director of the […]