Teacher, North Platte High School
North Platt, Nebraska
Art; Grades: 9,10,11,12
As an art instructor and botanical enthusiast, I am beyond thrilled to integrate ecology into the existing creative content within my lessons. Rather than creating artwork simply for the sake of production, I strive to help my students find motivation to involve deeper critical thinking skills in order to give their creations a more profound purpose.
I believe when students feel as though they have to follow guidelines and are being boxed in, they do not produce with passion. In contrast, when students have a drive and determination behind their creating, it sparks an intrinsic motivation and therefore results in more meaningful, elevated and successful works of art.