photo credit: Melissa Lonardo
Last Wednesday, Arts to Grow held its 5th annual teaching artist training and orientation day. This workshop is led by our program manager, Sara . The workshop serves as a guide for both new and returning artists to bring excellent teaching practices to their classrooms in support of Arts to Grow’s mission statement.
To start off, two of our returning teaching artists, Patricia and Charlotte, shared their experiences from last year’s training day. Charlotte emphasized how much one idea from last year has stuck with her throughout the year and has really transformed her teaching: the rule that teachers should be doing 20% of the work in the classroom and students should be doing 80%. To achieve this, it is essential for a teacher to be prepared as well as to have backup plans and be flexible. Teachers must find inspiration, calm, and organization in their own lives in order to pass on knowledge to their students. Charlotte explained how finding this balance for herself has helped her students be more successful as well.
For Charlotte, the 20/80 rule was her AHA! moment. To all the teachers out there, or anyone involved in education, we want to hear your AHA! moment too. Please tell us about your breakthrough moments, discoveries in teaching, and what inspires you in the classroom every day!