In the beginning of my 450 EDU course I was very nervous about teaching high school age students. I was not sure what to expect from them in terms of engagement, attitude or work habits. Turns out that my recollection of high school and how teenagers are, especially about school work was a little skewed. Most of the students were less engaged with school overall then I remember being or seeing when I attended high school. Now knowing this I will need to consider more interesting engagement strategies in my placement next fall. I have two placements as is the norm with art education, the first one will be with Silver Creek high school (a little closer to home) and my second half of the semester will be with Niwot elementary. Both schools are very exciting places. I have met my mentor teachers both of which are pleasant people. I am excited to work with them.
Now that my studio practice and course study is finished I am excited to shift my entire focus on working with students, and how best to engage them.
I do hope to find time for my own work to continue, I believe it is important to make time for your own expressions. even if you only have time for contemplating the next piece.
I am currently getting ready for my next big adventure. I will write more about that at first chance. I plan to be able to add some of my experiences to this page as it will be relevant.