A love of nature and the need to be in open natural environments is a consistent part of my life. When I take surveys to hone in on my own personal learning style in regards to Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the naturalist always edges out the visual intelligence as my predominate strength. During my eight years of experience as an elementary art teacher, I have used animals, nature, and artists involved in nature, as a component of many of my lessons.
As a tutor, I have two major strengths to offer from a content point of view. My Art Education training and classroom experience gives me a solid foundation in Art Theory, Art History, and how to break things down and build in success for my students. My lifelong passion for photography and experience with both the film and digital aspects of the media, give me a strong background in both the core aesthetic of photography and the ability to teach how to achieve success in a wide range of the processes involved.
Philosophically, I believe students learn best when engaged in tasks that they’re interested in, or find useful. I would find the time to learn about my student’s interests and aptitudes and work to connect the learning process to their lives. Creativity and independence are two of the things I try to encourage in my students, and I will adapt my approach to what they need the most--assigned tasks, collaboration, direct help, and/or feedback. Lastly, I’d like to say that I believe good teachers are self-reflective at all times, and learn from their students how to improve themselves.
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