At the end of every school year I find myself completely rethinking my entire curriculum and all of my teaching methods. It can get frustrating seeing as this is the end of my seventh year teaching, and I would hope to have a few more things figured out by now. Yet, I feel that I am continuously growing as an educator, constantly responding to my students, reflecting on what is working and what is not. I absorb new ideas and theories in choice based art education and meld them to produce new processes of teaching and learning for the following year. This year is no different, and as artwork is leaving the classroom, counters are getting cleaned for a final time, and everyone is headed home for the summer, I thought I would take some time to write down my thoughts and reflections on the year past - as well as some ideas for the year ahead.
Overall I’m inspired by the constant growth and creativity of my students and how it continuously feeds me to become a better teacher for them. Perhaps it is the end-of-the-year whirlwind that happens, but I’m feeling lost for time right now. My main goals for next year are to slow down, open up, and be responsive to the possibilities that emerge in the studio. I want my classes to be more joyful. I hope to stop fighting with the assessment and grading expectations of my school and manipulate it to start working for me and the students. I’m not sure exactly how I’ll be able to do all of this but I’m excited about the potential. Plus, when in doubt, go back to the basics - I’ll be revisiting the foundational concepts of TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behaviors) and building from there. Until next year, have a creative and restful summer!
The writings and happenings of What's Going On In The Art Room, written by Ms. Alisa Blundon in Istanbul, Turkey
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