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Ms. Janowiak’s Classroom Edit display name

  • Whiteland Community High School
  • Whiteland, IN
  • Half of students from low‑income households

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Many times my students do not feel that anything around them is worth photographing. They wander the halls of a whitewashed school building, surrounded by a nondescript Indiana town. Once rural but now ever-expanding into a sprawling community of shops and houses, students often believe that their home is boring. In my photography classes, I encourage them to look at the seemingly mundane details of their surroundings with new eyes, probing the possibilities for creative expression. This is where they are growing up, and THEY are the ones who need to tell the story of where the town has been and where they envision it going in the future. No one else has the privilege of shouldering this responsibility and my goal is to help them see how exciting it can be to weave their personal stories, both individually and as a group of teenagers.

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Many times my students do not feel that anything around them is worth photographing. They wander the halls of a whitewashed school building, surrounded by a nondescript Indiana town. Once rural but now ever-expanding into a sprawling community of shops and houses, students often believe that their home is boring. In my photography classes, I encourage them to look at the seemingly mundane details of their surroundings with new eyes, probing the possibilities for creative expression. This is where they are growing up, and THEY are the ones who need to tell the story of where the town has been and where they envision it going in the future. No one else has the privilege of shouldering this responsibility and my goal is to help them see how exciting it can be to weave their personal stories, both individually and as a group of teenagers.

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