Magazine article School Arts

A Teaching Mantra

Magazine article School Arts

A Teaching Mantra

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I discovered my aptitude for teaching at an early age. My teachers always paired me with the students who needed extra attention. However, I did not naturally assume teaching would be my future career. I have tried on several shoes throughout my life, and so far, my crowning achievement has been giving birth to my son. I think teaching will be a close second. My affinity for the arts transcends the urge to produce and extends into the realm of communicating this passion to others. I desire for others the ability to deeply experience and establish a lifelong, meaningful relationship with the arts.

My goals are many and lofty, and I set high expectations for my students. I can sometimes get overwhelmed with all I want to achieve, and this can lead to frustration. I look to my teaching philosophy and see a long list of objectives, ideas, and challenges I want to overcome. For a long while I did not know where to begin, but this year I developed a teaching mantra, a simple phrase that will help me keep my priorities in balance when it is time for me to step in front of a classroom.

It came to me late one night, as I lay wide-awake next to my sleeping toddler. It was one of those moments when despite the darkness and silence in the room, I was compelled to write down this thought in my head before it vaporized with the morning light. "I will teach through the arts to instill a joy of learning in my students. I will teach them to extend their education beyond the classroom and encourage them to have a meaningful relationship with the arts throughout their lives. …

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