I believe all students are able to learn. Each student has a unique set of learning abilities that bring diversity and creativity to the classroom. As an educator, I am responsible for reaching each student by enriching my lessons with a variety of resources that appeal to the multiple intelligences. I am committed to my students and their learning (Core Proposition 1, 2002). I want each student to be successful to the best of their ability, therefore I create lessons that are age-appropriate, content ri ... read morech, hands on, and logically sequenced.
The teacher is a director of learning who can steer students into discoveries, challenges, and new explorations. I find that good classroom management and teacher preparedness is key for keeping students on task, focused, and motivated. I believe that connecting classroom concepts to real life applications inspires, motivates and stimulates long-term retention. I believe in making learning fun without compromising the content of a lesson.
Visual art naturally lends itself to the reflective process. I believe in encouraging metacognition skills, self-assessment, and critical-thinking as tools for monitoring student progress.
As a life-long learner, I believe that staying innovative, studying best practices, creating professional goals, and engaging in the reflective process helps me to continuously improve my program and nurture a teachable attitude (Core Proposition 5, 2002). I want to better my ability to empower students by pioneering a variety of approaches in the use of technology for instruction.
I believe that visual art is a basic communication skill that every student is able to explore. Problem-solving skills, visual literacy, historical insights, and the opportunity for self-expression are a few outcomes of a richly instructed art program. My goal is to infuse my students with as much enthusiasm for the arts as I have gained through my educational and practical experiences.
I believe that students should have the opportunity for their accomplishments to be showcased. I am constantly looking for new ways to encourage and applaud my students for their achievements. My experience has shown that students are more motivated towards excellence the more authentic the audience. This is why I love Artsonia. What a wonderful way to raise self-esteem and provide opportunity for encouragement from others!
I believe that creating visual art is a communication of one?s self and is best created in a warm, supportive, and nurturing environment. Since I require my students to take risks, express their feelings, and try new things, I find it best to model a high level of respect for each student, their artwork, and their feelings.
I believe the art room is a place to make memories, tell stories, laugh, and celebrate. I strongly believe that the most indelible memories are created while having fun. A piece of artwork is saturated with the associations of the experience of creating the piece. I want those to be as joyous as the piece itself.
Reference National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. (2002). What teachers should know and be able to do: The Five Core Propositions of the National Board. Retrieved June 7, 2005, http://www.nbpts.org/about/coreprops.cfm.
In short: I have fun making art, exploring new ideas, and being creative. I try to impart this joy to my students as I introduce new concepts and project ideas. Life is too short for long faces! If you would like to Catch the Fuglevision...go to http://drydenart.weebly.com/