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  • Joyce Rainwalker
    ... One of the best parts of summer reflection is the chance encounters. Because I have a few mental file folders that are in gathering mode, when something
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      > 3a. Re: Tempera Paint: Thank you! (Printing with cardboard)
      > Posted by: "Katherine" TwoDucks@... tabchoiceteaching
      > Date: Tue Jul 1, 2008 12:25 pm ((PDT))
      > --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, kathie omalley <kathieblanche@...> wrote:
      > <<. When I read your post it got me thinking of a printing/stamping lesson I saw (probably
      > on the Incr. Art Dept site!) where students use the edge of cardboard strips to design a
      > cityscape. >>
      > You can see this method in detail on Cathy Topal's site:
      > http://www.smith.edu/twal/
      > It is called "thinking with a line"
      > kathy douglas
      > k-3 massachusetts, retired
      > TAB
      > http://teachingforartisticbehavior.org
      One of the best parts of summer reflection is the chance encounters.
      Because I have a few mental file folders that are in "gathering" mode,
      when something comes across my screen that will fit/inform/add to my
      knowledge, it really jumps out at me. One such AHA! found me this
      morning as I followed Kathy's links into "Thinking With a Line." We
      have a new kindergarten teacher who has lots of motherhood and private
      school kinder experience but is a little anxious about her new
      position. Before school let out, she visited my art studios a couple of
      times to express a desire to collaborate with her ducklings. She's
      receptive to the kinds of developmental work I do with children in my
      TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) program and wants to support her
      children. That desire thrills me because one of my bigger challenges is
      how to share meaningful experiences with 25 five year olds at one time.
      Since our specialists' schedule supports teacher planning time and EAs
      are working with reading groups elsewhere, my skills as one adult in the
      room (even if I do have the best toys in the building) are stretched a bit.

      There it was, though - a link into the Reggio Emelia preschool work I'd
      played with in an earlier life, via Kathy's lesson on printing, and I'm
      happily constructing some sessions with our new teacher about how it can
      all work together during kinder art.

      I'm sure glad I found my way into the professional communities
      represented by these lists!

      Joyce (who's twelve days out from a new left hip and thinking that she
      might just be able to keep up with her kindersquirts when school starts
      up again. Yea!)
      K-5 Art Specialist
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