Watching the Logan LaPlante’s Ted Talk was inspiring for how I feel about learning now and how I felt about learning back in my high school and Jr.high years. I had to really think what I wanted to be when I was older, when there are all these answers that are true, such as being “happy and healthy.”
In a way I have walked in a different line of my education field that I am going through here at CSC. My major is Art Education, but I work on a farm and invest in my own cattle. When I tell people what I major in when I’m showing cattle in the summer they look at me and wonder how I can be majoring in a field so different than agriculture. Seeing the teenager do so much with different aspects in his learning to get to where he wants to be is admirable. To have done so much while learning, instead of just being in the classroom. Though, that kind of learning can still happen in the classroom. The student would have to ‘hackschool’ it and go out of just the classroom and go after what they find interesting. The great thing is, is that it doesn’t have to be one thing or subject, it can be many so they can learn what they want to do.
When I become a teacher I want my students to want to like art, and not dance around the subject and not think of drawing or painting again. I don’t want to assume that the students in the class will know everything, but I want to strive that they will understand some of the history, going out and explore different artwork and creating different things that sound interesting. I don’t want them to play it safe, instead to create something that they can’t put down. I want them to express themselves and what they like and what they want to do in life in their work.
Schools these day’s are being pushed towards the dislike of parents, because of the way subjects are taught and wanting more for their children. Though I understand parents are concerned, but the schools do offer what they can. Sometimes it could be the budget cuts or how much funding they get. That will affect how teachers can teach and makes it sound like it’s only for a living rather a life. The students may try to walk in a straight line, but the student should use their own creativity and not assume that the line is the only way to go. Like the pictures down below there are steps to the finished project but the student, including me, have to figure out how to get there, what it takes and how much effort and creativity it requires. They can take as small of steps or as big of steps as they choose, assuming that is want they want to be.
Photos by Courtney Lyon