Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cathy Hall, Academy of Art, Science and Technology - Curriculum Specialist

To Whom It May Concern,

Our school is a public high school in Horry County where juniors and seniors from nine base schools attend. We focus on career exploration with each student involved in a major course of study. I am the teacher for the Education Major. Our curriculum includes all facets of teaching and learning and affords students the opportunity of internships, service learning, and the creation of a Senior Exhibition of Mastery.
For the past 6 years we have been fortunate to work in partnership with Jesse Jordan. Through a focus on creative journaling we address the following:

* Community
* Literacy - Reading , Writing, and Verbal Communication
* Critical Thinking and Metacognition
* Diversity
* Art in Education

This year Jesse has worked with both Senior and Junior students in exploring aspects of art in education. This has been one of the most rewarding experiences for my students and me. On a regular basis the students are engaged in projects that include journaling, poetry, creative writing, and personal reflection. Jesse helps students develope a deeper understanding for diversity and sensitivity for each other. through their writing and art creations they incorperated critical thinking and self-exploartion. The activities and experiences that Jesse planned for the students helped them to witness learning in a highly creative manner. Students were able to grow academically, socialy, and emotionally. Their reflections of these experiences are testaments to the rewarding and memorable situations that they encountered. They developed a stronger sense of self-confidence, a sensitivity for understanding empathy and were challenged to read, write, and think in a critical manner.

Last year Horry County Schools recognized Jesse Jordan for his contributions to our school community. It is our sincere hope that we will be able to continue our partnership with him for many years to come.


Cathy Hall
Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology

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