Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 2

I posted the initial draft that answered my mentor's guiding questions in yesterday's post: Building a Teaching Philosophy - Part 1. Following some very constructive feedback from here, this is a two page summary of the original information. Note: I'm still working on this and will incorporate other feedback as well. I also asked my … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 2

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 1

My teaching mentor has us going through the process of creating a Teaching Philosophy Statement. She asked a series of guiding questions and this is what I came up with... it's a work in progress and there will be a 2-page summary of it tomorrow. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. _________________________________________________________________ Preamble My teaching philosophy … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part 1

A little good news — the joy of about finding purpose

This heartwarming story goes beyond prison reform, prisoner rehabilitation, or even giving back to society; it demonstrates the value of making meaningful art and how it can build and/or change communities. http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/prison-inmates-learned-to-quilt-and-now-make-foster-kid-gifts/

A little good news about — learning

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/tips-to-learning-a-second-language-as-a-family/ Validates my belief that we are never to old to learn something new... we are life-long learners.

A little good news — about creativity

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/this-simple-word-test-reveals-how-creative-you-are/ I'm not sure why, but this mental exercise sounds familiar. As a person who has often been accused of being too literate because of my love of semantics, this is a game I've often played with myself... well, various versions of it. Care to see if you are really creative? Take the test: https://www.datcreativity.com/about

A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Last Winter, I was asked to come up with a mural idea for an Elementary school I was doing an internship with. I got very complicated with a university supervisor suggesting I get all the teachers involved, have all the students fill out reflection forms, coordinate a team of other interns, etc... then Covid hit … Continue reading A Legacy Wall Project for Grade 6 Graduates

Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

It started with a question: How do I dispel the fear some of my students have at making art? Well, I could lecture them about all the innovators and show them dozens of paintings by folks like Picasso, Klee, Modigliani, Park, ect... OR, I could some excellent YouTube resources and let them see the joy … Continue reading Grade One Student Portraits – A La Modigliani

A little good news — well, let them tell you in their own words…

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/moleskine-foundation-wikiafrica-education-program-wikipedia-editing-in-african-schools/ Wikipedia does have its challenges, or so the academics would have us believe. Being a public-driven encyclopedia the facts may be questionable. Folks! That's a great thing about Wikipedia! Mark Twain told us to question everything! He wasn't just being cynical and warning us to beware of misinformation; he was telling us to dig … Continue reading A little good news — well, let them tell you in their own words…

A little good news — learning is cross-curricular, so education should be as well

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/teaching-pupils-steam-cambridge-unviversity-study/ I've been preaching this for years!!! Especially in today's world where all info is at our fingertips... children learn more holistically and needs educators to show them the links between subjects.

A little good news — now that gives me an idea for the kids I teach

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/st-louis-first-grader-creates-foundation-for-homeless/ I had a conversation with one of my more seasoned colleagues the other day about what age little ones get inspired at... she gave me a load of examples about her garde one kids... I'd been thinking about it ever since! Then this amazing story comes along!!! I've decided to add some little inspiration … Continue reading A little good news — now that gives me an idea for the kids I teach