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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 what was a very diverse group of students. Three students came from the Special Needs classroom, each one with individual strengths and learning challenges.  Their teacher informed me that they all loved art making and had well developed social skills.  Two of them had expressive and receptive language issues.  The third had auditory processing and auditory memory issues. Expressing themselves through writing words was very difficult and frustrating for them. Also present in this classroom were nineteen children who were ESL learners, many of whom had recently emigrated from Cape Verde.  Seven of these students were not yet fluent in English and required much translation … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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?

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 […]

The Well-Told Story: Celebrating Two Years of ALT/space!

Not everyone who contributes to ALT/space is a writer by trade, nor do they need to be.  Writing about our work and the things we are thinking, focusing on, wondering about and struggling with while we teach is a valuable process, whether or not we think of ourselves as writers.  The kind of writing that […]

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 […]