Kelly Long

 Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire – William Bulter Yeats 

My Teaching Philosophy

I am an entrepreneur.  I am a dreamer.  I am an artist.  I am an educator.  

 Art stresses the importance of developing creative problem-solving skills and creative thinking which are critical for success in our rapidly changing world. With this in mind, I provide my students with an education that challenges them and provides a hands-on approach to learning. By allowing students to make choices and fostering their curiosity, I direct knowledge and the outcome of their work. I do not want my students to be afraid of the blank canvas. It is when that first mark is made that the magic starts to happen. 

As an educator, I am be a facilitator for my students. I show them the way to go but allow them to explore. Students learn the importance of research and seek out answers to their questions. Given that opportunity for exploration, the students will learn about themselves in the process that will generate new ideas and goals for themselves, which are results in more meaningful work produced. 

I create an artistic environment where mistakes are encouraged and are believed to be the doorway to individual growth. My classroom is the start of their journey. From there the students take what they learned and use it outside the four walls of the art room. This is where the real observation and growth occurs. Creative thinking, problem-solving, embracing mistakes, and allowing their curiosity to lead to exploration are qualities instilled and then my students become philosophers of the world around them instead of passive viewers. Students grow to have a better understanding of who they are, the world around them and how they can have indelible impact. 

" Creative Minds Blocked By Perfect Expectations"






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