At the intersection of teaching & learning
Welcome to the Educational Spark Blog
This is a transformative time in the field of education and I’m eager to join the conversation. I believe that teaching is a noble craft and is a practice that requires patience, persistence, humor and warmth. School is a social construct where connectivity and relationships are at the heart of it all. Over the course of the past three decades, I have uncovered perplexing questions and have received unending inspiration from children, teachers and parents that keep the daily work of teaching and learning alive.
This blog is a space for reflection, celebration and provocation. I invite you to join the conversation…. read, share, question, respond and participate. There is much to consider and even more to do.
Betsy McKenna, M.S.Ed.
Educational Consultant & Leadership Coach
Art Workshop for Children
Art Workshop for Children is not just another book of straightforward art projects. The book's unique child-led approach provides a framework for cultivating creative thinking and encourages the wonder that comes when children are allowed to freely explore the creative process and their materials. As children work through these open-ended workshops, adults are guided on how to be guides who provide questions, encourage deep thinking, and help spark an excitement for discovery. Explore basic materials and workshops that use minimal supplies, and then gradually add new materials to fill the art cabinets as well as new skills and more complex workshops.
Interspersed throughout are sidebar essays that introduce perspectives on mess-making, imperfection, the role of adult, collaborative art, and thoughts on the Reggio Emilia method, a self-guided teaching philosophy. These pieces underscore the value of art-making with children, and support the parent/teacher/care-giver on how to successfully lead, question, and navigate their children through the workshops to result in the fullest experiences.