Sara Sampson: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

At first, I was a little bit apprehensive about teaching in a jail. I didn’t know what to expect because I had never even walked through a jail before. So far in this experience, I have really connected with the inmates. We have just started the first section of our unit and have only been teaching female students for a little over a week. After the first day of classes, I realized just how easy it was to feel comfortable around the women. They seem very passionate and truly enjoy the class. Each individual is extremely respectful and value what we are teaching.


What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to getting to know the students. We as teachers are entering the classroom not knowing what these people have done to get themselves into jail. We cannot judge the inmates because we know nothing about them-we don’t know why they are in jail, who they are, what they like, nothing. By creating art, I am hoping the inmates are able to reflect on themselves and illustrate who they are to not only benefit our relationship but also to help the individual connect themselves to the goals they want to accomplish. Therefore, the thing I am most looking forward to is getting to know the inmates for who they really are as humans, not know them for their past.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I think this experience has a lot to offer me as an aspiring teacher. I hope to gain an understanding for people and their decisions even though I may not face the same path they have. I will gain a lot of teaching experience because I have not taught adults any art form before. Therefore, I hope my first-hand experience at teaching adults will allow me to better understand different learning abilities because each individual is starting at a different stage. (Some inmates will have more background in color and materials whiles others do not.)