Karen L. Cummings (2012), Motivating Urban Youth: Honoring the Experiences of Adolescents
I’m currently reading through one of the recent NAEA Art Education publications (from November 2012), and came across the article quoted above. It describes the experiences and reflections of two art teachers from an urban secondary school. Their observations and struggles are specific to their school and location, but also can be applied to the experience of working with adolescents, in general. The quote, above, really resonates with me, as does the general teaching approach advocated for in the article. As a substitute teacher in a rural school district, I’ve had the opportunity to observe many different classrooms environments and to (attempt to) teach many different high school subjects. I feel that the approaches described above could be applied across the board, not just in urban art classrooms. The author emphasizes the importance of developing rapport with students and exhibiting a positive attitude, as a teacher - not always easy tasks! I highly recommend this article to all you high school teachers out there!
R. Francis (1996)
Yes! This is a great quote, and something that I feel very strongly about. I only learned about a few contemporary artists as a high school student - but their artwork is forever etched in my memory, and it had such a huge impact on my life.