I started out in education teaching high school math. I spent 14 years in that job, even though I always felt out of place. Then I was asked to take an instructional tech position.
I eventually discovered the power of project based learning and the importance of letting students make meaningful contributions. I also put more heart and soul into my own work by sharing my talents and my dreams.
Now students share their dreams with me. We do exciting projects and I feel I'm adding something that's vital, yet so often neglected in the system. After two decades of working in education, I can say for certain I'm enjoying the best years of my career.
If you want to know more about what it means to teach like an artist, here are some great places to start:
- 6 Ways to Teach Like an Artist - This is my post from 2013 that started it all.
- 5 Benefits of Teaching Like an Artist
- 6 Reasons Your Students Need to See Your Mediocre Art
Starting in 2019, the work of teaching like an artist really started feeling like work. It's been a struggle. The Pandemic sure didn't help. Be sure to read some more recent posts (like this, this or this) to see how the journey has continued. I haven't given up.
If you care to read more about my games, technology and my personal interests, see my About page from my Classroom Games and Tech blog.