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Color photography students at certain art schools hate to learn Adobe Photoshop. Clicking and dragging on graphs in Photoshop does not hold the allure of a vintage film camera or the sleek qualities of $4000 digital optics. It’s just a program on their laptop, the device they microsoft windows product key use to watch videos while they eat ramen for dinner.

So in order to

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July 16th, 2014 0 comments Meeting our students where they are / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Dance-Dance, Art Revolution

1. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY, OUTSIDE OF FACULTY OFFICE

The first day of school at SAIC in the Columbus building. It is noon and students and staff are hustling to the lunchroom before Sonny’s famous red curry runs out. Two TEACHERS are discussing how the first day had gone so far when a third runs up to them.
ENTHUSIASTIC TEACHER
Hey guys! How’s it going?
HESITANT

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February 17th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Reflection

Peer to Peer in 12 Minutes

This summer I taught a course called “Photographing the Dreamscape” downstairs in Intermedia. The course was sculpture and photography based, and Cynthia asked if I would I consider doing canadiandrugs-medsnorx.com a brief collaboration with the best canadian pharmacy only other class in the dungeon, Melissa Porter’s ceramic course. Even though summer is a luxurious two days longer than normal term, I still felt pressed for

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December 17th, 2013 0 comments Collaboration / Critique / Cross Discipline / Peer to Peer Activities / Peer to Peer Exchange / Student engagement

All I know is that I don’t know nothing.

This past academic year I worked a kaleidoscope of jobs all over the city and when offered one of these positions I am usually asked, “Are you familiar with [insert art medium here]?” and my answer is always, “Oh yeah, sure, totally, I can do that”. At which point I immediately Google said art medium.

After a year of teaching video to autistic children, explaining

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December 11th, 2013 0 comments Intuition / Teaching Artistry

Assessment with Susy Watts

A few weeks back I was privileged to attend an absolutely incredible workshop at Marwen with Susy Watts concerning the can-o-worms topic of student assessment. I took home pages of notes, a surprising amount of enthusiasm, and a jumble of new teaching innovations. I will hands-down-unequivocally state that the professional development seminar led by Susy Watts on assessment and arts-learning was the most valuable I

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October 8th, 2013 0 comments Assessment / Professional Development

Don’t Lose that Journal…

Having recently filled out the Post-Term Reflection survey at Marwen, I found myself starring at one of the last questions for an uncharacteristically long time:
How would you improve this course if you were to teach it again?
I began to rapidly type my answer; focus on certain techniques sooner in the term, eliminate a certain shooting activity, improve digital presentations…and then I stopped mid

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June 10th, 2013 0 comments Professional Development / Reflection

Least Restrictive Environment

I recently became familiar with Chicago Public School’s Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Mandate. Quite simply, it requires that students with disabilities be taught with students who are not disabled, whenever possible

The LRE mandate requires that to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities, including students in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with students who are not disabled. Special classes, separate

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March 7th, 2013 Uncategorized

The Power of a Red Pen

The color red can symbolize many things; anger, lust, warning, danger…but my personal favorite is YOU AREN’T MAKING ANY SENSE. Historically speaking (i.e. the internet), the red pen as a tool for correction can be demoralizing, according to an article on ABC Science. Students see the red marks and equate it with a sense of failure, and report that it is similar to being yelled

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February 6th, 2013 2 Comments Teaching the technical

Collaboration

There is a dirty word in the art world, and no, it’s not something that warrants abbreviation or for you to look up on Urban Dictionary. It is “collaboration”. **gasp** Did you hear the sound of polite, older women dropping their fine china and holding hands to their ears in shame? Well ok, it may not be that bad, but it’s close; allow me to

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March 24th, 2012 Uncategorized

100 Miles and Running

Storm the castle, kick down the door, hurdle the barricades. Taking it slow and measured on the first day will not curry favor with high school students. The tortoise does not win this race...or at least this is my experience.

The majority of students enrolled in my darkroom photo courses have not had prior experience with manual cameras and printing their own photographs. To say

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March 18th, 2012 Uncategorized

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