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Monthly Archives: July 2015

07.16.15

Institute 1: Final Project & Productive Questions

Productive questions get students to look beneath the surface of ideas. It requires moving away from assumptions and familiar thoughts, and staying with the questions as one works to comprehend and then act on them. You might ask students, “what …
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07.15.15

Institute 1: Artist/Writer Challenge

Making a difference through a chosen medium – be it art making, story telling dancing, or singing, is a creator’s challenge. As teachers we model a variety of possibilities to help students’ imaginations open to the what might be done …
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07.15.15

Institute 2: Risk Taking

How will you encourage students to take risks and address errors in their work?  What strategies can you help them develop so they don’t continually “start over?”


07.14.15

Institute 1: Paraphrasing

Bertram Russell said something like, “in all things it’s healthy now and then to hang a question mark on what we have long taken for granted.” When a group of special education students were taken to the Albuquerque Museum for …
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07.14.15

Institute 2: Advancing the Envisioning Process

Think back to working on the folded secrets book.  Reflect on your creative process and the habits of mind.  What habit seemed most needed as you worked?  Students need to be able to envision their final book to be successful at …
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07.13.15

Institute 1: Perseverance

The first day of Art, Books & Creativity Institute is often overwhelming – new ideas, time restraints, having to continue even when you are tired.  But these are the very restraints students face everyday in the classroom.  What are some …
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07.13.15

Institute 2: Proposed Lesson Concept

As you think about your proposed lesson concept, what, specifically, do you want your students to learn through this lesson?  While there are many concepts that can be taught through a lesson, what is one on which you will concentrate?  …
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07.01.15

Thinking Ahead – ABC Institute One

Visit the Art, Books, & Creativity website (artbookscreativity.org), click on “resources” at the top right of the page and then scroll down to Artists’ Books. Click on several of the woman book artists listed there to see examples of their …
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07.01.15

Thinking Ahead – Advanced Institute

During the Art, Books, and Creativity course you learned how to construct basic book forms. (accordion, flag pocket accordion, window accordion, self-portrait, rubber band journal) Can you expand on one of those forms and ask yourself  “what if I were …
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