Joy of Teaching: Donna Stallard
Donna Stallard, School of Arts & Letters, leads a Joy of Teaching workshop focused on faculty/student small working groups and the associated projects that have stemmed from discussions that were begun in a foundations class required for all Fine Arts majors. Each of these projects involved foundation level students and an upper level student as well. The workshop also highlights the collaborations that have happened while working on the student floats Professor Stallard has helped mentor for the Pegasus and Harvest Homecoming parades. Regardless of the project, each of the students enters with apprehension and self-doubt. They are usually working with unfamiliar faces, and question their ability to contribute creativity. Hurdles encountered along the way are used as teaching moments, and over time, with lots of encouragement, they begin to relax and realize they do have something to contribute. Their confidence grows and they learn to listen to varying viewpoints and allow for a give and take to happen. They walk away from the project with newly acquired skills (conceptually, technically, collaboratively), and they have gained a sense of empowerment.
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