We have a diverse population with almost entirely minority students in attendance. The demographics of our student population are predominately Latino, African American, and Pacific Islander. English learners make up 58% of our population, several of whom speak very limited English. I work in a district with an integrated special education model which means that all special needs students are integrated into general education courses. The majority of the students I teach qualify for free lunch. Many of our students are homeless, and we have a high percentage of foster youth. It is estimated that 44% of our students are homeless or in precarious housing situations.
One of my main focal points, as an educator, is providing academic confidence to students who fail to see a future for themselves within our education system.
I plan to provide a well-rounded education where art class is “fun” and kids look forward to learning. We have great staff members who love the kids and support them in all aspects of their education. With the array of challenging experiences my students face, I strive to make the art classroom a safe haven for my students.
I would like to purchase materials to teach the batik process to my middle school art classes. We will explore the history of batik and how different cultures use color and pattern. I would like students to learn about creating a resist and color mixing.
I want students to explore color mixing and the possibilities within this medium.
Projects of this nature are highly engaging due to its innate exploration process. I believe this project will engage my students due to its novelty and the newness of it. As part of this project, students will create patterns using the wax resist inspired by nature.
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