Teaching Portfolio: Philosophy
As I have the final semester, I am reminded of what impressed me the most among the art educators I have learned since last year. Then Maxine Greene's words came to mind.
“Part of teaching is helping people create themselves by Maxine Greene.”
Maxine Greene taught her students about the power of art to awaken new understandings of their personal and shared worlds and to see themselves as agents of change.
“I use the term wide-awakeness,” she states. “Without the ability to think about yourself, to reflect on your life, there’s really no awareness, no consciousness. Consciousness doesn’t come automatically, it comes through being alive, awake, curious, and often furious.”
Art classrooms are characterized by human connection and individualized attention, From the artwork to the issues that inform its making and appreciation. I became particularly interested in the power of this artistic practice of hers as I read the books and articles she wrote. Community arts educators, in particular, believe that arts learning can save the lives of youth who face risks such as low expectations, poverty, disease, and racial and gender identity differences. I strongly believe in the power of art because I have changed my life, healed wounds, and found meaning through art.
And when I think about the impact of art, I go back to Maxine Green's quote. And I thought that she was the person who created the philosophy of my art education. I would like to add that although this process of self-creation is complex and slow, we will all create this together. Snails are my trademark. I completed the statement by including my snail in my infographic resume.
“It’s slow, like a snail, but I want everyone to make it together.”
And this is also my snail-like journey as an artist, the questions I ask myself and the answers I get.
I read “Infographic Resume by Hanna Morgan.” and, as Hagan Blount said, I first asked myself questions when designing my resume. And as suggested in this book, I created a Word Cloud by listing words to visualize my own keywords.
Above all, Hagan Blount says, "When it comes to creating your own infographic resume, I believe a compelling story is just as important as a good design. If you put all your skills into why you'd be perfect for this next job, the design will I like the statement. It would be a bigger problem than not being appropriate.”
The author speaks meaningfully as follows:
“We are in the age of storytellers. If you can articulate, telling a concise and interesting story in a few paragraphs that will hook the reader and leave them asking for more is how you get an interview. “In the end, that’s all this document has to do.”
Through this sentence, I realized that I had been writing myself and my resume highly complexly. I have found that an accurate infographic resume is created by clearly with genuine storytelling about myself first and visualizing it in an easy-to-understand manner, rather than by listing miscellaneous sentences or unnecessary parts. In this sense, I created my infographic resume, as shown below.
Myungja Anna Koh