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ERIC Number: EJ834733
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
The Power of Collaboration
Gignoux, Peg; Wilde, Susie
Teaching Artist Journal, v3 n2 p99-105 Jun 2005
How does one turn a class of sixth graders who are uncomfortable with writing, unfamiliar with art supplies, but good at fidgeting and bickering, into a community that achieves literary, artistic, and civic success? In the spring of 2003, Kestrel Heights teachers asked the authors to team up and help their sixth grade students create something special for the young Hispanic children they were mentoring. With Peg Gignoux's talents as a fiber artist, Susie Wilde's experience as a literacy specialist, and their shared passion for teaching and children, they thought a bilingual story quilt showed promise. They had no idea how powerful their playful collaborative eight-week writing-art residency would be or how well it would orchestrate and focus the unique voices of eighteen energetic children. This article describes how the students, with the authors' support and the help of the teachers, wrote an original story, designed a brilliantly colored quilt to illustrate their tale, learned about working together and discovered how creating together builds community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 6; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A