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Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Noreen C. Barnes


Open Your Eyes… On Impressing the Important Things is the documentation of my first semester as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. The purpose of this thesis is to document that journey to gain greater understanding of myself and my teaching. I embrace teaching as an artist. It is an opportunity to inspire and empower. As a teacher, I am attentive to the fact that learning is a complex process. It is individual, content and context specific. I believe that the goal of teaching is to empower students to take responsibility for their learning. Teaching is an art form that can be inspiring and can cultivate the courage to grow intellectually, to encourage the student's curiosity, and to provide opportunities to ignite action.


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Date of Submission

June 2008