Strategies for Successful Residencies
Here are some observations from Birgitta De Pree:
- You work in different capacities with different people. Some
[teachers] are willing to take a big risk. Some others just want to
have a feel for what you do. Ive found that once they see it
in action and have experienced it gotten over that theyre
not going to be put on the spot and realize that its an enjoyable
and applicable and important thing then you go further.
- When they see the teacher playing with the kids thats
huge. Its huge to see the teacher taking a risk. Its huge
for the teacher to take a risk. But its amazing what message
that gives to a kid.
- One of the ways I know kids are learning or have grown is
when they can evaluate their own work, can articulate what theyve
done and by the observations they make about the work of other
people or the play of other people.
- I dont think that I can teach like another teacher
or that another teacher can teach like I teach. [I feel most successful]
when I feel like Ive given something to a teacher ... [who]
can get excited about finding their own way to do it.