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10 Things Only Art Teachers Would Understand

10 Things Only Art Teachers Would Understand

As an art teacher you are not always understood. You are creative and stand out in what you do, and the process of getting there is what makes you different. You can find inspiration from the most random things. Art is everywhere. You like inspiring music and you try your best to stay organized, which is hard with all your supplies. For all this, people tend to see you as being a little odd. Here are 10 things that only art teachers understand!

1. You see that art is underestimated

The school system teaches students to answer questions and memorize answers. Often times, art classes are viewed as less important and can be easily replaced. Art is an important part of life. It shows people how to express themselves and how to see more than just a question and an answer. Don’t let the negative view hold you down, look back at all the great work you have done and get ready to be even better.

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2. You value creativity

It doesn’t matter to you where your students or even yourself get creativity from. The most important thing is that you can enjoy all that is needed to bring to life a creative piece of art. You use all the resources you can to stimulate the creative part of a person’s life and you love to see the beautiful result that comes from it. For example, you can organize a trip to the museum or hold an art exhibition with the pieces your students have made. It will be inspiring for you and your students!

3. You realize a new time has begun

The internet and other technology has opened new ways to be creative. The people with real talent and creativity have more possible ways than ever to share their art with others and more artists are being born every day. The opportunities are all around us and you simply have to reach out and express your creativity. You motivate your students to take those chances and use technology for their own future.

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4. You teach innovation

You don’t simply want students to answer a question with one solution – you give them multiple ways to solve problems. You show them how to be creative and use that to find a way in life. You want them to experiment and learn from their mistakes. Life is not a one way street, it’s a lot of little roads, leading to multiple opportunities.

5. You enjoy simplicity

Art comes and goes. It can be created from any material. You enjoy using simple things to inspire others. No matter if it is a pen and paper, a chalkboard or paint, you love to create art and inspire your students. Take, for example, this art teacher in Wyoming. He uses his blackboard to inspire his students. He uses basic materials and makes them into art.

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6. You get a higher status (than other teachers)

When you are an art teacher, your students see you as a special kind of teacher. Your students will be excited to come to your class. You can use this excitement to teach them things they never knew. You show them possibilities to grow as a person. You stimulate the part of the brain that they don’t get to use in any other class.

7. You need to stand up for your profession

Beyond your students, art teachers are often underestimated. This results in a little struggle here and there. You need to let your voice be heard now and then, to show them you are valuable too. You have to ask or state your opinion regularly. Do not be afraid to say “no” to things you don’t have time for. If you keep it professional, you will get through the harder things.

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8. You have to develop a personal grading system

Art teachers cannot simply cross off the wrong answers. To grade a project, it completely depends on the individual and their potential. As you see more projects, you get to know each person and their strengths. This way, you develop a personal and unique grading system. No grading by rota for you!

9. You know different techniques

Teaching art is not a one-sided thing. You need to know many different techniques, use different materials and different points of view. You do not have a book that tells you what your students have to learn that lesson, but you have your own period of time for every project. The students will have to find out how to work with the different materials. It takes time and patience to teach them the different techniques, and for every student’s strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be learning right alongside them.

10. You can not always succeed

The busy life of an art teacher will not always go as planned. Sometimes things do not go the way you want to and you work towards finding peace with that. As long as you put in your best effort, it will be worth it. You can not let small failures bring you down.

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Last Updated on November 5, 2019

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

How to Use Visual Learning to Work More Effectively

Knowledge is essential to become successful in life, your career and your business. Without learning new concepts and becoming proficient in our craft, we cannot excel in our chosen careers or archive knowledge to pass down to the next generation.

But content comes in various forms, and because how we learn influences how much we know, we need to talk about learning styles. This article will focus on how to utilize visual learning to boost your career or business.

The Importance of Knowing Your Learning Style

Knowing your learning style enables you to process new information to the best of your ability. Not only does it reduce your learning curve, you’re able to communicate these same concepts to others effectively.

But it all starts when you’re able to first identify the best way you learn.

As a college student, I soon figured out that taking online courses without visual aids or having an instructor in front of me led to poor retention of concepts.

Sure, I got good grades and performed excellently in my online exams. However. I discovered that I couldn’t maintain this performance level because I forgot 80 percent of the course content by the end of the semester.

There are several types of learning styles known to mankind. To give an idea of how visual learning stacks up against other learning styles, here’s a brief mention of some of the different types of learning styles we have.

The four most popular types of learning styles are:

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  • Visual learning style (what this article talks about).
  • Aural or auditory learning style (learning by listening to information presented).
  • Verbal or linguistic learning style (learning that involves speech and writing).
  • Tactile learning style (learning by touching and doing)

But for the purposes of this article, we will be focusing on using visual learning to boost your career or business.

How to Know If You’re a Visual Learner?

When it comes to boosting your career, business (or education), a visual learner is one who would most definitely choose shapes, images, symbols, or reading over auditory messages.

I’m talking about preferring to read an actual map when navigating to a new place over listening to verbal directions. I’m talking about discovering that you actually have trouble remembering what your manager said at the meeting because there were no graphs or illustrations to support the points raised.

Most people who struggle with learning probably aren’t leveraging their best learning styles. The earlier you identify how your learning style can boost your success, the less struggle you will encounter with processing new information throughout your career.

However, visual learning in particular CAN 10x your career or business whether it is your preferred learning style or not. And here’s why:

Several studies have arrived at the conclusion that the brain retains more information with the help of visual aids. In other words, images are directly processed by our long-term memory which helps us store information for longer periods of time.[1]

While some lessons can be performed orally, several concepts can only make sense if you have an image with an explanation of sequences (i.e learning about the human DNA).

Visual learning does use a different part of the brain and visual cues are processed by the part of the brain known as the occipital lobe.

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By engaging more parts of the brain during learning, you’re able to have a fuller understanding of concepts and facilitate better interaction with your immediate environment.

How to Use Visual Learning for Success

Here’re 4 ways to use visual learning to boost your career or business:

1. Bring back the to-do list. Then add shapes and colors to boost productivity.

We live in an age where computers have taken over virtually every aspect of productivity and most human functions. But written lists are making a comeback, and with an endless number of important tasks to complete, having a to-do list of tasks in order of importance can improve your productivity.

While coming up with a list is initially challenging, adding colors and shapes to written lists that you personally write and manage gives you an extra layer of assurance and boosts aids recall so that you actually get stuff done.

I have tried this technique in my work as a registered nurse and discovered that adding shapes and colors to to-do lists helps me delegate tasks, recognize where more work is needed, and makes it easy to cross off completed tasks at the end of the day.

2. Add graphs, charts and symbols to your reports.

Yes, it seems like more work cut out for you. However, graphs enable you monitor the heartbeat of your business.

Graphs and charts help you trend your finances, budget, and pretty much any data overtime. With the help of free and premium software available on the market, it has become easier to take plain data and in a matter of seconds, have relevant information displayed in different shapes and images.

As an entrepreneur, you can make predictions and allocate funds wisely when you’re able to see whether your efforts are rewarded. You can use colors and charts to delegate actions to members of your team and track performance at the same time.

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And when broken down into monthly, quarterly, bi-annual or annual goals, graphs and charts communicate what ordinary text cannot.

3. Effectively brainstorm with mind-mapping.

Mind-mapping is not new but I don’t think it’s been talked about as often as we do to-do lists.

With mind mapping, you’re organizing information accurately and drawing relationships between concepts and pieces from a whole.

Think of a mind map as a tree with several branches. For example, the tree can symbolize healthcare while each branch stands for nursing, medicine, laboratory science, and so on. When you look at nursing, you can further branch out into types of nursing; pediatric, women’s health, critical care, and so on.

It’s an interesting relationship; the more ideas you’re able to come up with for your chosen subject, the deeper you get and the stronger the association.

Mind maps really show you relationships between subjects and topics, and simplifies processes that might seem complicated at first glance. In a way, it is like a graphical representation of facts presented in a simple, visual format.

Mind mapping isn’t only limited to career professionals; business owners can benefit from mind mapping by organizing their online learning activities and breaking down complex tasks into simple actions so that you can accurately measure productivity.

4. Add video streaming to meetings.

What if you could double the productivity of your team members by video streaming your meetings or adding flash animation to your presentation at the same time?

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When you offer video as an alternative method of processing information to colleagues, there is a greater chance of retaining information because we recreate these stories into images in our minds.

For organizations that hold virtual meetings, it can also be an effective way to enhance performance during if people can see their colleagues in addition to flash animation or whatever form of video is provided during the meeting.

Is Visual Learning Better Than Other Learning Styles?

No, that is not the point. The goal here is to supplement your existing dominant learning style with visual learning so that you can experience a significant boost in how you process and use everyday information.

You might discover that understanding scientific concepts are much easier after incorporating visual learning or that you’re able to understand your organization’s value when projected on a visual screen with charts and graphs.

The overall goal is to always be learning and to continue to leverage visual learning style in your career and business.

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