“An Object to Think With” | Malke Rosenfeld

Some thinking about meaningful movement and math learning, in three parts. First: Prelude The point of this post is to push back a little on the idea that simply being out of one’s desk and on your feet will create what mathematician and a founder of the MIT Media Lab Seymour Papert termed “body knowledge”. Specifically, my […]

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 […]

Chicken or the Egg? A Math Integration Tale | Malke Rosenfeld

I recently had the opportunity to have my teaching work critiqued by a group of colleagues.  They viewed a ten-minute video I produced which illustrated what success looks like in my classroom. The feedback I received was all at once enthusiastic, thought provoking and puzzling. I teach elementary students the elements of percussive dance and […]

Read, Write, Respond

It’s been nine months since ALT/space moved online, way back in August 2011.  Since then we’ve been writing regularly, weaving together our stories with reflections, observations and questions about our individual Teaching Artist practices.  We’ve also been using photos and videos to illustrate and elucidate that which words cannot. We have shared past and present […]

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 […]

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 […]