Hi! I'm Hannah and here is my Wiki!
Something that you want us to know about you or something about you that is interesting
Let's see...I hula hoop like there is no tomorrow, I used to live in Hawaii and Montana, and my dream is to live in an RV all around the country!
Explain your education & career goals:
Well I spent most of my college career planning to become a Child Psychologist, but realized that while I was very passionate about working with children, I never saw myself as a psychologist. So I took some time off school, moved back to Ashland, and enrolled at SOU in the Elementary Education program. I feel so excited about knowing a want to become a teacher and am looking forward to figuring out exactly where I want to go with that. As of now, I know I just want to be an educator.
What brings you joy?
Although it is corny, I am very happy when I can make someone's day better. I always try to be as cheery as possible when interacting with people (like bank tellers, gas station attendants, telemarketers...), and I always try to acknowledge that everyone I meet is going through a struggle. On a less philanthropic note, I get a lot of joy from finishing a book, making something beautiful (knitting, sewing, etc.), and spending time in the woods.
What is your greatest fear about being a teacher?
Not being able to please everyone, especially parents. I am not always very diplomatic, and am working on becoming a good and honest communicator.
Did you ever experience a time when something was extremely difficult to learn?
YES! Math! I have always struggled with math and felt that it was just beyond me. I am currently trying to work through that.
Explain that time and how it made you feel:
Awful, frustrated, like a burden on my parents, classmates, and teachers.
How might this piece of your history help you connect to students with learning differences?
I really hope to have the ability to be patient with every student. I know some people just need a different pace or different instruction in some areas and I hope I have the patience to always see that.
What do you want to gain from this course?
I really want to be expand my knowledge on not only strategies to working with all students, but a lot of the legalities and technical aspects to working in Special Education. I don't know a lot about it, but want to understand it very thoroughly by the end of this course!

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Introduction to Inclusion Strategies for Art

I chose this topic because I believe that art can be a therapeutic experience for all people. Many students with disabilities are often pulled out of their general education classrooms during art, music, and P.E., but I would argue that this precious time is often better spent with knowledgeable art teachers. And why not general education teachers as those knowledgeable art teachers? Students deserve to spend time using creative skills in the classroom, and being given the opportunity to express themselves through art and music. Teachers need to have the know-how to effectively and productively integrate art into their curriculum for all students and know the benefits this can bring to their classroom and students' lives.

Top 5 Things I Learned:
1. Art is a subject that can be used creatively for all students. I think I have believed that art is necessary in classrooms because it can enhance learning, but I now understand that art can be used in schools as an expressive medium that is almost necessary for many students with disabilities.
2. Art therapy is used in many settings today for people with disabilities. I found a lot of resources about how art therapy is used and many were extremely eye-opening and inspiring. Art can open up communication and expression for so many individuals!
3. There are a lot of pointless art projects for students out there. I can across many art projects and lessons that seemed to include no real purpose and were basically "filler" for teachers. Steer clear!
4. Making all teachers knowledgeable about the importance of art for students is essential! Groups like Project Zero are currently doing research that suggests artistic approaches to learning can enhance all students' understanding and should be utilized. As future teachers we should jump on board with these groups!
5. Art is accessible to all teachers and all students. It can be included into the curriculum in so many different ways, and it is amazing how frequently it is neglected in classrooms. Allowing for creativity and trying new strategies is an important factor when working with students with disabilities and should be utilized!

A Few Resources...
1. http://education.jhu.edu/newhorizons/strategies/topics/Arts%20in%20Education/jarboe.htm- benefits of art therapy for children.

2. http://www.pz.harvard.edu/-Project Zero is a research group dedicated to enhancing learning through the arts!

3. http://www.npr.org/2010/11/18/131413172/enabling-the-disabled-to-play-sweet-music- interPLAY in Washington D.C. uses music as art therapy for people with disabilities.

4. http://www.edutopia.org/- tons of ideas and resources for teachers using art in the classroom. (Fun fact: This is George Lucas' project!)

5.http://educationnext.org/advocating-for-arts-in-the-classroom/- an article about schools and communities that break the mold.

6. http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2011/04/10/art-projects-for-inclusion-students/- awesome ideas for lessons and inspirations!

7. http://tabforspecialneeds.blogspot.com/- Choice-based art for students with disabilities; a nice blog with great ideas!

8. http://www.ncld.org/in-the-home/parenting-issues/play-enrichment-aamp-holidays/learning-disabilities-and-the-arts- National Center for Learning Disabilities take on art education.

Top Resource! Duh Dun Da DAAA!
http://www.ldonline.org/article/30245/- L.D. Online article about the importance of art in the classroom for students with disabilities with some great resources made available!

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