A great art teacher could be best described as someone who..
- Allows for freedom in the assignment while still giving guidelines
- Makes learning fun, engages students
- Cares about students
- Understands vision before seeing it
- Encourages individuality
- Works with the student and listens
- Fun sense of humor
- Open mind
- Helps students
- Mix media
- Grades according to assessment
I wish I had done this the first day of school, listening to what students had to say, What was important to their learning really inspired me. I felt students were opening up and I was building relationships with them. I was able to learn what it is most important to them and in ways that became what was most important to me. I was also learning how my students learn. One boy told me in our conversation that he was a cake decorator. This was helpful to know this about that student. If I were the teacher I would want to bring the artist Wayne Thiebaud into a lesson. The more I got to know about my students the more I saw the passion. They loved answering this question and voicing their ideas. Even students who had said nothing at first chimed in later to voice their ideas.