Learning is an ongoing process of discovery in which both the teacher and the students can learn from one another.
My philosophy of Arts in Education encourages students to become directly involved with their learning experiences (constructivism). I believe that children learn best when they are allowed to construct their own understanding from what they learn. By doing so children have the ability to translate an idea in a manner that makes sense in their world.
The key elements that play important roles in this philosophy are motivation and enthusiasm. If a teacher conveys a sincere interest in a subject, students are more likely to become actively engaged in constructing meaning of the activities presented. These activities should create meaningful, lifelong learning connections that incorporate the prior knowledge of all students.
The Arts offer direct involvement, motivation, and enthusiasm.
Alan Harvey – Teacher
Current Assignment: Middle School Science
Woodmont K-8, Federal Way Public Schools, Washington
Lesley University, MEd: Integrating Arts Into the Curriculum
Heritage University, ELL Endorsement
University of Washington Tacoma, Teaching Certificate
University of Puget Sound, B.S. Environmental Science, Chemistry minor
Harrisburg Area Community College, Associate Degree
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