Hi, I'm Laura!
Tell us a little about yourself I am a positive person, always genuinely eager to engage students in exciting material. Inspiration is extremely important to me and so I work with students to get to know them one on one and understand what gets them into the class. I am an artist myself and am always happy to share the talents and knowledges that I have with my students through teaching. That being said, I am continually learning from my students and understand all the unique and creative abilities that each one holds.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management? I use positive reinforcement to let students know what they should be focused on and when they are straying. I encourage students to come back to task, and use creative ways to tailor their interests towards the class experience. If someone needs extra attention, I will try and talk to them outside of class so as not to take attention off of other students.
Do you have experience working with children with special needs? I have experience working with at-risk youth.
What's your philosophy on what it means to be a great teacher? Being a great teacher, means being genuinely passionate about the subject I am teaching. It is about discovering who my students are and working with them to inspire their growth as creative thinkers and makers. Teaching is about working with students, allowing their voices to be heard, learning from them while teaching them, and creating a harmonious classroom environment.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering becoming a teacher? My advice is to accept that each day can be a learning experience for you to become a better teacher.
In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses? Teaching and learning in a live environment allows for a free-flow of energy, where unplanned inspiration can occur. The classroom is a place where new understandings can emerge unexpectedly, where students can slowly build confidence among their peers, can learn through hands-on experiences and be guided through the process of making.