Thursday, September 1, 2011


In today's discussion we came up with five major components in contemporary approaches to art education:
1. teacher's action
2. contextual environment
3. student development
4. ongoing processes
5. student actions

I took many points away with me from today's class discussion. That even though we came up with these separate components, that doesn't mean they can't intertwine when applying them to teaching. For example, having a welcoming classroom atmosphere can be understood to fit into number 1 (teacher's actions), and number 2 (contextual environment).

With that in mind, there are many other thinks to consider when teaching. This includes but is not limited to age groups, what children are like, how to teach effectively, professional community, your identity as a teacher, how young people learn, 
relationships, problems, environment, budgets and time constraints.

Transforming knowledge into relevant meaningful experiences is a main goal for me as a future art educator. There are many factors to keep in mind while trying to successfully teaching art. Teachers, parents, friends, museums, and the world around a student can all have an impact on learning art. It is important for teachers to understand all students have different abilities and strengths. No student is created equal and to teach to the student.

Art teachers should always be aware of where art began. Art history is something that should be covered in an art classroom. Teachers should also be aware of the individuality of students and their backgrounds. That should be emphasized when teaching art because individuality and discovering oneself is important in any art. In any subject of education, I believe it's important to think of the future but remember the past.

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