PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
My teaching philosophy is rooted in my interest of traveling. The more I travel, the more I see how important it is to explore the world and gather a new perspective. Traveling has helped me observe and process a multitude of things that I would like to incorporate in my future classroom. What I have noticed can be transferred to planning, managing, and expanding learning in the classroom.
Visiting other countries has inspired me to write units that incorporate various cultures and contemporary art. This gives students the opportunity to explore different formal processes and personal meanings within their work. By allowing students to create personal work, flexibility in lesson plans is necessary because no matter how much is planned, not everything will go exactly as expected. Therefore, when a new lesson is taught, it may need to be modified or have a plan for alternate endings. The modifications may even be different for each class depending on the students.
At school, every class has its own personality and it is important to be prepared for what could potentially happen. If something seems out of sorts, it is best to go with a gut reaction and try to solve a problem before it escalates. In contrast, if something is going well or in a new direction, it may be best to follow the cue of the class and guide the students in further learning. I hope by doing this the students will see I am passionate about teaching, their interests, and learning from them.
Also, I hope that my students see that learning can be fun and that they should take pride in what they are interested in and discover outside of school. When students are enthusiastic about what they are creating, it will be more enticing to share with the school and the community about what we are learning. It is essential for students to be involved with the community in a positive way, and art is an excellent way to do so.
When traveling, I saw how art can help bond the community, how gut reactions have truth behind them, and how plans need to incorporate flexibility. Though I did not recognize the little lessons as a teaching philosophy at the time, my experiences teaching have helped me recognize how everything is connected in a grander scheme. Traveling has taught me to take a closer look and that sometimes the most fascinating thing to see is where no one else is looking.