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Creating My Teaching Artist Philosophy

In the fall of 2018, the TAP trainees began writing our Teaching Artist philosophies. Writing my teaching philosophy was perhaps one of the most difficult things I had to write. However, the process of creating it helped me regain my vision and focus as a teaching artist. The process also allowed me to face my own fears and worries about artistry and teaching practice. I made the decision to be a teaching artist years ago, but I lost sight of why and how I am teaching. A Teaching Artist philosophy, as defined by our TAP facilitators, is a “conception of how you understand teaching and learning.” It addresses the “what, why, and how” of one teaches. Our first draft was due in December and a p

Literary Savages Get Real

As soon as I walked into my classroom with my mentors at New Directions Secondary School, I was bombarded with whoops and hollers as if I were just named Worst Actress of the Year. Was this the Golden Raspberry Awards? Far from it. [if gte vml 1]><v:shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f"> <v:stroke joinstyle="miter"></v:stroke> <v:formulas> <v:f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></v:f> <v:f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></v:f> <v:f eqn="sum @0 0 1

Great Expectations

Reacclimating to a classroom setting can be challenging, especially if you haven’t been in a classroom in a while. As a new Teaching Artist, my experience with children is limited to babysitting and the six months I spent as a teacher’s assistant at a Head Start program back in 2009. I haven’t formally been a student since 2014, and it’s been even longer since I was in the 6th grade. When I walked through the front doors at P.S./M.S. 279 in the Bronx for the first day of my TAP internship, I didn’t know what to expect. But I had a few ideas. I hoped being from the neighborhood would give me an advantage, as I grew up a ten-minute walk away from P.S./M.S. 279. My hypothesis was confirmed almo

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