24 hours from now, I will be able to say I survived my first day as a college art education instructor. At this moment, I am both excited and anxious about what tomorrow will hold. Getting to know the course site 36 hours before the start of the course has really helped to fuel my anxiety. Falling out of a doorway onto the concrete on my way to the campus library didn't do much for my ego. However, reviewing the material we will cover on day one has been a nice reminder of why I want to help future art educators along their path.
Week one's readings include Daichendt's (2009) article on George Wallis where he discusses the idea of artist-teachers. I believe strongly in, not only the idea, but the reality of being an artist/educator. I believe it is important for students to see their teacher as a practicing artist. When students see their teacher as not only a source of information but also a producer of creativity, the dynamic in the classroom can change from one of resource to inspiration. As an artist/educator, I am constantly helping to renew my teaching practice by developing my artistic skills and knowledge. Art is a field where change is constant and remaining current is essential.
Tomorrow is the beginning of a new journey for me in art education and I can't wait to start down this path. Wish me luck!
Middle School Art Educator. Adjunct Art Education Professor. Non-Profit Arts Organization Board Member. Artist. Arts Advocate. Dog-Mom. CrossFit Enthusiast.
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