On our last day, Duane asked the questions, "What will you let go of?" and "What will you try?"
I will try to let go of:
*being too "teacher centered"
*being too judgmental of children's art
*some demonstrations (I'm not convinced that they should disappear especially in elementary school)
I will try:
*to use the digication site as way of networking with my colleagues to increase communication and share ideas, resources, etc.
*to say "Yes" more often!
*to create a more holistic learning environment for my students
*to allow for more discovery learning in "micro labs"
*to provide more opportunitiesfor more children to share their art
* to connect the familiar with the unfamiliar and make art making more meaningful for students by asking myself constantly "Why would these children want to learn this?"
*to create and utilize more power points/technology for my lessons.
*to continue researching new artist mentors.
*to continue developing my skills as a painter.
While trying to become less "teacher centered", I am finding this very difficult because it seems as though the children are too dependent on me. To
encourage students to become more independent, I am introducing the idea of a "budget" with my students. I have explained that with any budget, people have a limited amount and need to be careful not to "overspend". Next, I announce that each student is alloted 2 questions for me each class period. Just explaining this has made a difference! At the end of class, I praise students for being problem solvers and working independently.