Recently, with an onslaught of term assignments creeping on the horizon, I was feeling the pressure. I would escape by creating a design, or doing an interview for the Local Talent section. As I began diving deeper into the arts and pushing my abilities, I found myself enjoying it more and more. I have an escape, a safe haven so to speak. When I’m creating I’m not constantly worrying; my mind isn’t constantly racing and I’m not thinking about assignments. It’s just me and my art, and I love it.
It was about midnight one night where I finally realized I should probably finish up an assignment which was due, and I thought to myself, “why can’t I just create for a living?” I sat there for a moment and my mind made an instant connection.
Teachers create for a living! Teachers are artists, tastemakers, and liaisons to show students the wonders of the world. I must be a genius, because apparently my subconscious knew this before I ever realized it. Immediately I noticed my passion increase exponentially. I started pouring my heart into my lesson plans and assignments, and it showed in my grades as well as how much I enjoyed the course overall. I had enjoyed the program from the start, but this added passion has allowed me to fully embrace this as a career path and life choice.
As I dive deeper into the realm of the profession, I’ve come to learn just how much of the content the teacher dictates within the classroom. We hold an ability to open up the minds of the youth to the amazing achievements of the human race.
I can show them Leonardo Da Vinci and his wondrous works of art. I can read them Edgar Allen Poe or Maya Angelou to show them the intimate details of the mind. I can show them architecture, fashion, films, music, woodwork, or anything. And the best part? That’s just the arts.
Language arts, mathematics, physical education, science, and social are all integral to a child’s education. Teachers can use these subjects to implement connections from other areas of study to tie in important real-world knowledge that may not be in the program of studies. I can show them politics and current events, new space expeditions, and advances in science and technology. My options are limitless.
I have the ability to allow these students to learn and to try these activities for the first time and potentially unlock their own passions. I look forward to the day I introduce a child to something he/she is good at or passionate about.
Whether or not these areas involve the arts is up to the teacher. Whether or not these subjects are attention grabbing and exciting is up to the teacher. There’s immense power and responsibility associated with being an educator. We can open up the door to the world, or we can keep it closed. Teachers need to continually learn and grow as much as our students in order to improve on our methods and constantly evolve into better educators.
It goes beyond what can be explicitly taught. A teacher needs to show children how to love one another regardless of differences. Every person deserves a right to dignity. It’s a teacher’s job to instill that notion into children by modelling positive behaviour inside and outside of the classroom.
With all of these factors considered, I can safely conclude that teachers are, in fact, artists.
After all, isn’t art subjective? Teachers are creating education based interactive performances. Albeit this art has to maintain the structure of the Alberta Program of Studies. It’s up to the teacher how to deliver this information. As an educator I hope I can realize my full potential in creating passionate and engaging lessons for my students, and I hope I can inspire my students to follow their passions as well as be model citizens.