Building life-long learners

“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” -John Lubbock

Inspiring quote from John Lubbock, printed on vellum overlaying trimmed scrapped that I had collected from students art work. I wove together these scrapes because I felt it reflected my thoughts for this past week. I believe strongly that the best lessons give students the opportunity to work together and learn from one another. This is something I hope to bring into my teaching.

The impact of being a lifelong learner has always been a strong part of who I am. When I was younger I wished I could simply be a student forever. Maybe this is why I went into teaching. One of  the most important things I want to provide my students is a love of learning. I want my students to be excited about what they are doing I want lessons to be relevant to their lives. I remember telling one of my 8th grade students who was having a hard time staying focused and staying in his seat, that “I knew he could finish his project and do a good job. That I didn’t want to see him fail something I knew he could do.” He responded by saying “What did it matter I’m already failing all my other classes.” It is students like Dylan that I hope to get through too. It upsets me to hear a student who feels like learning and school doesn’t matter. I often wonder how this happens. Where this student picked up that what he was doing doesn’t matter and that failure was okay. This seems to be something that I hear a lot in the faculty room during lunch. Students that come from a rough home, students that have already given up on their potential, often it is followed by someone saying but he or she is such a great kid. Students like Dylan and Austin make me want to be a better teacher. I want to reach these students I want art to bring them places and allow for possibility. I think a lot of these students are dealing with some unfortunate things and I want art to provide them an escape and an appropriate outlet for their emotions.

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