My students are from a small rural area in the northern part of our country. Our community has a high poverty rate, but a strong love and appreciation for art and nature, which is evidenced by a large number of parks and murals located in public locations. This has resulted in my students being keen appreciators and creators of environmental and fine art.
My students are eager learners who understand that art is a universal language that connects people and helps us understand each other, no matter where we are from.
They use art as an accessible way to explore and appreciate other cultures and places.
I am an art teacher who is passionate about creating curriculum and using art as a bridge that my students can cross to connect to people and places outside of their own personal boundaries and circumstances.
As an art teacher, I actively search for and participate in artistic and innovative pedagogical experiences that will enrich my curriculum and my teaching with the goal of giving my students access to “art bridges” that connect them to new cultures, places, and people.
As part of this quest, I started the process of becoming a National Board Certified Teacher in 2018. This year, I am going to submit components dealing with assessment and differentiation. I have been planning and implementing strategies to provide for evidence all year. The process requires an in-depth reflection of my teaching and evidence for knowing and understanding my students' individual needs and concerns.
I am going to use the DonorsChoose.org funding to help pay for the out-of-pocket expenses this certification process will cost.
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