I’m so much more than just a teacher


Source: https://nihalyildirim.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/i-am-so-much-more-than-just-a-teacher/

Learning Through Art


Professor of Art and Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education

Art helps the child capture the world through every Form, Figure, Image or Movement. The child who creates, feels the excitement of the freedom of expression. The child uses his imagination, his knowledge and skills to creat a piece of art and this action stimulates the brain growth. Art engages children’s senses in open-ended play and helps them develop their Cognitive, Social, Emotional and Sensori-Motor skills. It cultivates creativity and makes learning fun.


Art, in any of its forms, means something different for every person. We could assume that there are as many definitions of art as the number of people on Earth! I asked my students what art means to them, and here are their answers:

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TedTalks Playlist

These are some of the most popular talks of all time. They are all educative, inspiring and you should definitely watch them!

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.


Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership — starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers …
Dan Gilbert, author of “Stumbling on Happiness,” challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our “psychological immune system” lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
On any given day we’re lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and “hotspots” used by those trained to recognize deception — and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.
Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.

Children Learn What They Live, By Dorothy Law Nolte (1972)

If we want to be considered as responsible for our mission to educate children effectively, we have to take into serious consideration the verses of Dorothy’s Law Nolte poem of 1972 ‘Children Learn What They Live’:

Children Learn What They Live, By Dorothy Law Nolte (1972)


If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.

If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.

If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.

If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.

If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.

If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.

If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.

If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.

If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.

If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.

If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.

If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.

If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.

If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.

If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.

If children live with fairness, they learn justice.

If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.

If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.

If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.