My teaching philosophy is very student centered. I believe that students are capable of doing great work at any age, and my job is to inspire and empower them to think creatively. A powerful way to empower our learners is to provide them with the tools and skills, to manage and deal with change effectively. Creative thinking is one of those tools/skills and is regarded as a key skill for success. In my classroom, I am the facilitator and guide, giving students opportunities to create and solve artistic problems and get out of their comfort zone. I help students gain the skills they need to communicate their ideas effectively and make art that is meaningful to them. I challenge students to try new things and to achieve what they thought they couldn't. I incorporate cross-curricular experiences organically in the art room. We work to build literacy skills through observing and talking about art, and by writing about students' own ideas and artwork. Most students will not grow up to work as artists, but the habits of mind gained through art classes will serve them no matter their future career path.