Teaching Philosophy

Teaching Philosophy
As Khalil Gibran stated, “the teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” As an educator, it is my firm belief that students must learn to look beyond their initial thoughts and move to a more developed and heightened level of imagination. My students will learn to see the impact of their work in not only a design aspect, but also through social awareness. Encouraging and inspiring students to push the limits of their creativity is the spirit of my teaching philosophy.

My goal as a teacher is to develop a foundation grounded in the elements of design. This foundation will lead to facilitating an environment of critical thinking. With the foundations of form and composition merging with educated problem solving and decision-making, the students will experience a versatile classroom dedicated to fostering a student’s full learning potential. This will allow students to conceive all work in the most conducive manner and environment, thus stimu-┬álating artistic ability and inspiring imaginative thought and design.

I believe it is important for students to have an understanding of their logic in the creative design process. This logic provides the student the ability to articulate their designs visually and verbally. My purpose is to challenge my students to not only design but to understand the purpose and message of their designs. My students will have an awareness of design theories. This awareness lies in what other designers are doing, and their new awareness will keep them inspired. My role is to give the students a foundation to build upon. Their foundation will begin with knowledge of the history of graphic design to help foster their growth as problem solvers and creative thinkers. An appreciation for the history of graphic design is necessary. It will help to cultivate an understanding of the profession and the need for adaptability in the work they produce. I will instill into students the value of design and the affects that it can make within our own environment. As well, it will be important for students to understand the design process as a whole, and the pieces of each aspect of the art of design.

To accomplish these objectives, I must facilitate a knowledge base under which the students must learn. Teaching to a variety of learning styles, means a need to employ different facilitating methods. Finding out the students interests and showing them the possibilities of those interests will foster a more holistic design concept. Combining the social world with personal experiences will allow each learner to produce work that is exciting for the student personally and professionally. As an educator, it is my responsibility to instill in my student’s a respect for and understanding of the graphic design field as well as their inffluence on that field.

It is also my responsibility to present information in a variety of fashions. In my classroom, material is learned and knowledge is gained through a multiplicity of different formats. My students’ understanding will be measured in a myriad of diverse contexts in order to measure their aptitude. In my courses, I will use lectures, visual learning aids, design projects from students, and organized notes to present course materials. For each of my courses, I assess student abilities using creative briefs, design projects, tests, and classroom participation in class discussions. Each method appeals to the different styles in which students learn, while still challenging each student to his or her full potential. The development of projects in the curriculum is a necessity for students to gain full understanding of the field of graphic design and to gain a thorough appreciation of the designer’s role in society.

Finally, the important factor in my philosophy as a teacher is to continually gain knowledge personally and professionally. As a teacher, one must never dare to stop learning as well. My self-improvement will always be a constant focus. Myperformance in the classroom is constantly under personal review with each lesson taught. One of the best measures for me is how well the students learn and the quality of work they produce. Improvement is constant as a teacher in order to maintain student interest. Additionally, it is also important for me to lean on the help of mentors, experienced professors, and colleagues. As a designer, it is vital to keep abreast of important social issues and new technologies available for use as a teacher and as a designer. My desire to be an active person in my community will allow me to incorporate new and exciting facets into my teaching ability. Being self-reflective requires a great amount of humility; however, my position as an educator is powerful. The ability to inffluence students to see the social world through design and to think critically is a wonderful gift.

Thus, as a teacher, my purpose is to inspire my students to learn more and work harder in their pursuit as a designer in the graphic design field. It is my responsibility to instill in my students the need for excellence by setting higher standards in order to see everyone reach his or her full potential.