Middle level member, Katlyn Crews, GA, and Division Director, Pete Curran, MA, presented a webinar for the Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE) titled, "Teaching & Using Art in the Middle Grades." The presentation may be found HERE, and a recording of the webinar may be accessed HERE.
- Our new Facebook NJAHS Sponsor Forum is LIVE! We're looking to connect with chapter sponsors, soon-to-be chapter sponsors, and folks just curious about the whole art honor society thing. Check us out!
- Write for NAHS NEWS! Submission deadline for the Fall Issue was November 1st. You can access guidelines HERE or email NAHS@arteducators.org. The next issue's deadline is: March 1, 2018.
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Fabulous Faculty | A Spotlight Series
December's FABULOUS FACULTY is:
1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School | Marlborough, Massachusetts
WhICH qualities make YOUR art room a special place TO LEARN & CREATE?
My goal as an art educator is to create an atmosphere that fosters problem solving, risk taking, and critical thinking. I think what makes my room a special place to learn and create is the environment I’ve established. I facilitate my students through the creative process, while simultaneously giving them choices. I believe one of the biggest catalysts for creativity is appealing to students’ interests. I give students a choice to tie their artwork with something they care about in order to inspire motivation and passion.
Another significant aspect of my teaching practice, which contributes to my classroom environment, is building strong relationships with my students. I can always perceive the best way to help a child grow by getting to know their strengths, weaknesses, and motivators. Even having a casual conversation about their weekend or a popular show can help make your students more comfortable to approach you with problems, questions, or concerns.