Field Study Personal Statement Essay

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A little girl inspects a rock; she licks salt from its edges. Click. Another child tests her dress to see how far it will balloon when she spins in circles. Click. A boy navigates a rock wall; he lifts one leg in the air to maintain balance. Click. These are the moments my camera helps me find. These are the images I freeze in time.

Photographing children as they explore the world has been my vocation for the past five years. I grew my portrait photography business out of the two great passions in my life: children and photography. Taking successful images requires patience and persistence, which I count among my attributes. Each time I pick up my camera, I strive to bring out my subject's personality. Sometimes I pose the right question; other times I point out something that captures the child's interest. No two children are alike, therefore the results I obtain are always fresh and interesting.

I find the same principle holds true in the classroom. I participated in my daughter's classrooms from preschool through first grade, which was hugely gratifying. During journal writing exercises, I coaxed the kids towards fertile ideas, then watched them develop these ideas in their own way. While reading, I asked the kids to imagine they were one of the main characters. I posed open-ended questions that the children could interpret and answer as they saw fit.

During my field study placement, I hope to learn tools that will complement my natural ability to interact meaningfully with children. I also look forward to the opportunity to work within a classroom curriculum beyond first grade.

In the classroom setting, I will bring patience and energy to each student. By example, I will show students that it is our essential nature to explore, examine and create. I believe I can excite and inspire them; most of all, I hope to ultimately persuade my students that learning is its own reward as well as an invaluable life skill that will...
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