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?

Multimodal compositions: Using sketchbooks for critical inquiry in teacher education | Debora Broderick

Most of the high school seniors enrolled in my early pre-service teacher preparation program had never kept a sketchbook, so when we handed them out early last school year, they were curious, but many were also confused and intimidated.   While some immediately started doodling and sketching, others shouted out questions and self-deprecations:  “What do sketchbooks […]

Snow Angels, Silence, and Finding Places of Freedom in the Classroom | Debora Broderick

Before class one day, I watch my student Jessica fill in what appears to be an abstract shape on mylar with black sharpie, and I can’t help but wonder what she’s drawing.  I can’t quite see it yet, but she shades with concentration, ignoring her classmates who chat across the tables.  Class begins with general […]

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 […]