Philosophy of Education

Philosophy of Education

The key to creating a masterpiece is to study from a master painter. As a life-long artist and pre-service art teacher, I believe that having a deep complex knowledge of a field of study gives teachers a reservoir of information to share with students. Beginning with an understanding that all students bring a unique experience with them to school, I work to celebrate diversity in the classroom and offer materials consistent with varied backgrounds. By creating a space where students feel comfortable to express themselves, my classroom will be a place to grow and develop their skills.

Art education is important and often the first removed from school curriculums when budgets are cut. I believe the Arts are integral to a functioning society through television/media, advertising, architecture, entertainment, pottery, fashion and music. Educating young minds on the significance of historical works and processes to create their own artwork is an empowering gift that schools can give. It assists students in understanding society and the roles of products within their surroundings. Art education is vital to American schools for the next generation of developers, inventors and creators who otherwise may not have an opportunity to explore their potential. Studies have shown that Art Education positively impacts students in other areas of their academic and personal lives. As an arts educator, I strive to offer classes that will enrich students’ lives and assist them in developing literacy in the Arts.

To instruct the most effective classes, I formulate lessons to meet students at different levels of development. With a high expectation for all students, I offer differentiated instruction to advance classes to higher levels of thinking. Using Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide, I progress lessons through framework that ultimately gives student’s the most sophisticated understanding of a topic. I have adopted the more recent revision of the taxonomy, which translates to first having students remember a lesson, understand the content, apply their knowledge, analyze, evaluate, then culminate the process into creating. My role as a teacher begins with introducing students to information that will give them a solid base to progress through these steps to the highest order thinking. Teaching to the whole child, I adapt classes to initiate the process of critical thinking that students can utilize to advance in classes outside of the art classroom.

My approach to education is founded on the fact that students are as individual as can be from one another and adapting to these differences can elevate the whole classroom. Not every student will at first master certain skills such as realistic drawing, but with practice and adaptations for students, they will bring home beautiful works of art. By guiding students through the process of art and design making, even students who find projects unrewarding will be advancing skills and knowledge that will assist them in the world.

Through hard work and determination as a pre-service art teacher, I have dedicated my time to becoming the best version of my teaching self for students. By promoting literacy in the arts, differentiating instruction and integrating a diverse curriculum into my classes, I am working to create an art room that students gain valuable knowledge to transport to other aspects of their lives. Continuing to share the value of art education for children, I believe that teaching art is an incredibly important subject that I am blessed to teach. Being a part of students’ educational growth in the realm of art is really a wonderful career that I am honored to have.