Originally I grew up in a suburb of Chicago, spending all my summers and every chance up north in Wisconsin on a lake. That is where my family moved and where I now call home. I ventured out to the west for new experiences and instantly fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. I have many passions including cooking, exploring the outdoors, and traveling, but the two things I am most passionate about are art and teaching. For as long as I can remember, I loved playing school with friends and also creating art with my family. I continued creating art and in high school I worked as a gallery assistant in a local pottery shop, where my love for clay started to bloom. Now I love experimenting with all types of art, specifically pottery, photography, and drawing. I also love working with students of all ages and am looking forward to many possible upcoming art experiences and constant learning opportunities.
Planning begins with reflection on what has already transpired and thought concerning what is to occur. Reflect: what do the students know, what can they do, what is their personal/cultural frame of reference? Think about: what does the curriculum prescribe, what are the standards involved, what do I, the teacher, know, what experiences will help the students build knowledge and skills? Good teaching does not pour knowledge into the heads of students, but engages them in actively constructing new knowledge built on previous experiences and personal purposes (Henderson, 1992).