Assignment 1… Personal Reflection.


The word inquiry and the first quote given to read and reflect upon automatically made me think of the well-known Dr.Suess quote. ” you have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

Through our post-it extravaganza that took place at our first year four meeting, we were asked to think about what “problem” we face with our students that could make a stellar inquiry quest. When asked such questions, my gut response that I say to myself is always  very “Miss America” so I always try to think of something more instructional. This never works because then I just go completely blank.

Anyways, the response I gave echoed from why I even became an educator  of the arts in the first place. I have the creativity bug and I wanted to use it in the most beneficial way for others and myself.  I’ve always been taught that when you give, you get so much more in return. Yes I want to teach art. Yet how can I be the art teacher that leaves a mark on my students lives? Through teaching art, I want students to gain a sense of self-awareness and self-respect. The earlier in life you discover this, the much easier and enjoyable life is. I’m still learning about myself and plan to learn and discover just as much as I hope for my students to.

In a nutshell, I’ve already discovered that there are other Miss America’s who believe in making their contribution towards world peace, and when our combined thoughts and experiences I’m excited to see positive changes in my students, classroom atmosphere, and my teaching. Our group consists of 3 art teachers and 2 music teachers. I know that for me personally, I became a much more confident teacher by being a part of arts educator 2.0 project. Last year was my first year teaching so I had a LOT to learn!!! EXPERIENCE OVERLOAD! Fellow art professionals who have been on the battlefield far longer than I have are now my greatest resource. I don’t have to feel that I’m the lone ranger art teacher at the end of the hallway and no one understands or appreciates what I do.

Exploration. Quoted by Becky Gartley, “ I didn’t have to change my lessons, I just changed the way I taught them, example, instead of saying, draw this, I would propose a question, how could this be done, how could we go about a different way or doing such and such…etc” I can think back to times when my lessons were very instructional, step, 1, 2, 3, and other times when they were engaging, and I had students showing me what they’re doing, instead of just creating a factory product. I’m still working on making this my permanent style of teaching, I can’t say that I’m there yet, but I like to think that doing all of this “thinking about thinking” is steering me in that direction.

Our groups inquiry quest?

“How can we help our students discover who they are and their connection to the world through the arts.”