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ERIC Number: EJ930394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Reflecting on Ways to Help the Reluctant Artist Communicate
Bentley, Dana Frantz
Young Children, v66 n2 p42-46 Mar 2011
In this article, the author shares how she changed the way she engaged with Alex, a student who was reluctant to do art projects. While reflecting on Alex's objections to doing art projects, she noticed one concern in particular that arose again and again: he wanted to play. Alex experienced the shift into art-making as a break from playing with his friends. It was only through considering Alex's perspective on the world that the author was able to re-center her teaching practice around his needs as a learner. By restructuring the communication around art and supporting Alex in using language, interaction, and conversation in his artistic process, she helped Alex find a way to express his ideas through art that was both personally meaningful and more demanding than simply constructing a very tall block tower.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A