PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
As an art educator I place importance on the exploration of materials, risk taking, creative problem solving and collaboration. I create a safe and positive learning environment and show mutual respect to all of my students to encourage these values. By creating engaging and relevant learning experiences intrinsic motivation is increased and learning permeates classroom walls. By getting to know my students I am able to create relevance and authenticity in my lesson planning. My lessons are open so that all students have the ability to approach them with their own strengths and personal interests. I also make art accessible to all learners by broadening the scope of what is taught within the arts. The art room has the potential to provide a student with a myriad of skill sets which I make transparent to my students, such as collaborative learning, creative expression, a visual language, aesthetic intelligence, appreciation of the arts, empathy and envisioning skills, and creative thinking and problem solving skills.
I implement my philosophy by providing clear expectations and objectives, active listening, and continuous reflection on my teaching. Every student deserves an equal opportunity to reach the objectives within a lesson. I look at each student as a complex individual with unique strengths. My lessons embed adaptations and modifications with student’s potential and various needs in mind. Often modifications and adaptations are helpful for the entire classroom, not just for the specific student it was intended for. Through documentation and formative assessment I develop concrete understanding of the student as an individual. I keep in mind that a person’s disposition is fluid, which means I must keep my lessons flexible in response to an individual’s needs. I am a highly reflective practitioner that uses concrete documentation and collaboration to analyze, reflect, and refine my teaching. My students are my greatest teachers and inspiration; so I continuously evolve my practice based on what they teach.