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University of Montana
I once read a book called Now Develop Your Strengths in which the reader completes an aptitude test to determine his five strongest characteristics. My strongest characteristic by far was learner. And it's true. I love to learn. Learning and teaching run hand in hand.
My first trip through college was as an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis. I grew up loving to read and writing almost compulsively. I taught high school and middle school English in a private school for years, where I was given the task of supplying instruction for students of all types of learning styles. Because of our school's low student to teacher ratio, I had the luxury of being able, if needed, to create individual programs for my students while making sure each student also enjoyed the synergy of learning inspired by other students. My greatest joys as an English teacher was seeing a student who was a self proclaimed "book hater" begin to enjoy literature, to come to class excited by what he or she had read the night before. I also loved it when a student began to understand how to effectively communicate through both the spoken and written word, when he or she could diagram a complicated sentence, when a vocabulary word could be dissected and the part of speech and meaning determined without memorizing.
My second trip through college was as a Graphic Design major. In the school I was attending, the degree split instruction between the visual communication and the fine art departments. I found that, for me, the two worked well together. I never took a fine art course that did not greatly benefit my photography or my digital imaging. I taught photography, art and digital imaging courses at that same college later on, and my passion for learning once more lead to a passion for teaching. Currently, I am a professional fine art photographer, and I am made happy teaching what I know and what I see to students.
I believe that every student can learn, can be helped to learn more than he or she currently knows. And I believe that every student can develop a genuine appreciation for, even enjoyment of his subject. I once read a book called Now Develop Your Strengths in which the reader completes an aptitude test to determine his five strongest characteristics. My strongest characteristic by far was learner. And it's true. I love to learn. Learning and teaching run hand in hand.
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