My Teaching Philosophy
I am passionate about quality teaching and about having high expectations of all my students to assist them in fulfilling their highest potential. My move from the professional artist to an educational setting is motivated by my love for learning and teaching. Altogether, my experiences have taught me, that by approaching education and learning from a creative point of view, the teacher becomes a resource of new knowledge. Subsequently, broader out-looks towards curricular design and innovative pedagogical methods are possible. I am immensely devoted to supporting all students to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals as well as active and informed citizens.
As a result of my postgraduate Philosophy studies, I am a firm believer that the inclusion of philosophical inquiry in education can have positive effects on students behaviour. Philosophical inquiry encourages students to think for themselves, they may become discerning about human nature and the human condition, about politics, ethics, believe-systems, and epistemology.
I am a proponent of a mode of thinking that is interdisciplinary, and that questions any single way of understanding. My teaching specialisations, Visual and Multi-Media Art, History and Geography are interconnected and feed naturally into each other. My philosophy and methods are a product of my continual reflections on success and feedback from my teaching practice and guided by my dedication to life-long learning. I am highly committed to providing a learning environment that is both exciting and rigorous, one that empowers students in the pursuit of learning.
The educational theorists Vygotsky and Freire inform my thinking about creating choices and co-constructing knowledge. I see learning as a social act, where teachers and students in a process of reciprocal learning create knowledge together.
2017 Bachelor of Education Secondary
Southern Cross University
Visual Arts, Multi-Media Art, History
2015 Postgraduate Degree in Philosophy
2013 Bachelor of Arts with Honors
Southern Cross University
Majors: Cultural Studies, Multi-Media Art,
and Art Theory
Electives: Film Studies and Animation
2018- Present Visual Arts Teacher Wollongong High School
of the Performing Arts
2017 Banora Point High School Preservice History
2017 Mullumbimby High School Volunteer at
2015 Byron Bay High School Preservice
History and Geography
2015 Murwillumbah High School Preservice
2007 Hermannsburg Potters Hermannsburg
2006 TAFE Murwillumbah Glass Casting
2005 TAFE Murwillumbah Glass Casting
2005 Adult Education Byron Bay
2004 GAG Glass Studio Hong Kong
2004 Brisbane Institute of Art Brisbane
Skills and Abilities
Highly motivated, enthusiastic, and optimistic.
Excellent communicator in written and oral forms in both German and English.
Exceptional interpersonal skills learnt from many years of national and international art exhibition networking, teaching and from living in different cultural environments.
Proven ability to successfully plan, sequence and implement lessons and units as shown in my Teaching Practice Page.
Excellent ability to work collaboratively as a team and engage with colleagues and improve teaching as shown in receiving Exceeding Expectations ratings in associated Standards.
My ICT literacy includes the following skills
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Premiere Pro
Brochures and Booklets (please click to view)
Erika Mayer Workshop Proposal January