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“The Classroom” Then and Now...

Perhaps I would have achieved academic success easier than I had experienced if the traditional classroom teaching style was altered. I am an Artist, I learn and think completely different ...

I started teaching the Advanced Makeup Course at The New York School of Esthetics this past June 2012.  From the first day I stepped foot into the classroom until this past Thursday when I left for the weekend, I have loved and had a natural passion for “the classroom.”  I made a commitment to myself when I developed the curriculum for the Advanced Makeup Course approximately one year ago.  The curriculum I developed is the only State approved curriculum in New York State.  I vowed that students’ would engage in as much hands on learning as possible.  I believe that every student enrolling in the Advanced Makeup Course with the intent, motivation and determination to take his or her makeup skills to the next level will learn most effectively in a “hands on” teaching method versus any other method.

I will never forget being classified as “Learning Disabled” in the second grade.  Every day I would be taken from my elementary classroom to a “Resource Room” for “extra help.”  It wasn’t until I began developing the Advanced Makeup Course curriculum that I questioned my “Learning Disability.”  Perhaps I would have achieved academic success easier than I had experienced if the traditional classroom teaching style was altered.  I am an Artist, I learn and think completely different than others.  I learn by seeing, doing, hearing and repetition.  It goes against my learning process to sit at a desk with a text book, note book and pen.  I feel so fortunate for this Teaching Journey; to be able to offer my students the ability to learn in an environment that truly envelopes the learning process.

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Robert Guttman January 21, 2013 at 01:37 PM
"I am an Artist, I learn and think completely different than others. I learn by seeing, doing, hearing and repetition. It goes against my learning process to sit at a desk with a text book, note book and pen." It must be nice to have that opportunity. Unfortunately, most classes are not art classes. In fact, from what I have heard, subjects such as art and music are being systematically eliminated from many schools due to budget restrictions. In addition, apparently most teachers today are compelled to work with a veritable "sword of Damocles" hanging over their heads in that, if an insufficient number of their students fail to pass standard tests, then the teachers could have their pay cut or even lose their jobs. As a result, in many cases, school today has been reduced to little more than the mere coaching of students to pass standard tests. I suppose that rather restricts the teachers in how they are able to conduct their classes.
sayitsnotsojack January 21, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Once America taught education very different from today. Our country became great with a lot of old way teaching, America became the greatest industrialized country in the world, with a quality of living that was first in the world. We went to the moon with old math, low powered computers, and became the land of opportunity. Now we have powerful computers, teach children must feel good about everything, little to no discipline, new math, new English, little arts and music, hardly any history being taught, sports are everything, multimillion dollar football fields, not enough money for text books, paper, pencils, but enough money to provide hundreds of thousand dollar salaries to administrators and teachers. Our standard of teaching is the test, and much too often the children were and are not able to pass that. Only when there is real accountability and high standards that must be met or the people responsible will no longer be in the field will we see a marked increase in the level of education.
Aidan January 21, 2013 at 10:04 PM
We have no discipline any longer. "Hard work" is nothing more than two four-letter words stitched together. Consequences have been replaced with "root causes" by alibi manufacturers. Achievement is now a symbol of some perceived advantage rather than diligence and responsibility. And this slop is now aided and abetted by institutions that once upon a time produced doers rather than whiners. We are the new Rome ... and on the same sluice to our own collapse.
angela January 22, 2013 at 03:06 AM
There's very little tolerance for people who learn differently - and labels are so often misused and damaging. You're an inspiration, Jill! Thanks for sharing your story.

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