Teaching Philosophy

“The ultimate measure of success is when students become responsible for their own learning.”

My teaching style utilizes both modern and postmodern approaches. By giving students assignments that are open-ended, they are encouraged to use their own voice and critical-thinking skills. Generating original ideas is crucial in order for students to take what they have learned and apply it in real-life situations when they join the work force. A variety of collaborative instructional techniques are employed so students learn how to listen to and respect each other’s point of view. When students feel safe in their learning environment they are more likely to positively apply reflection and self-criticism, and become willing to experiment and learn from mistakes. It is important for them to learn how to incorporate peer response in the creative process, as this is a normal part of workflow in the professional world. The ultimate measure of success is when students become responsible for their own learning.

Lessons and labs are open-ended and Constructivist in nature as we gain knowledge and meaning when we feel a connection to what we are presented with. Human beings are not merely receivers of transmitted information.

Our self-awareness and self-concept influence learning. A multi-cultural approach is also vital for student success. The cultural environment we live in helps form our values and perceptions. In order to connect with students it is necessary to include them. Learners organize ideas in unique ways and their personal history filters new information.

The combination of both my teaching style and philosophy as an artist can be seen every day in my approach with students. Trust is key when working with children from varying economic, family, racial and emotional backgrounds. As a teacher and artist, I am concerned with trying to understand the perspectives of all.