Sustaining and growing subject passion: What can be learnt from the artist teacher?

We began teaching our subjects to pass on our knowledge and passion, but with our busy daily working and personal lives we sometimes forget to ‘feed’ the very fire that began all those years ago. When the pedagogy and syllabus knowledge begin to embed, how might we revisit our passion for the subject we studied for so many years? Upon reading Szekely (1978), it became clear that the role of the ‘artist teacher’ is an important one to study.


First published: Impact. The Chartered College of Teaching. September 12th, 2019.

An autoethnographic article outlining my basic need to create, linking personal experience with broader teaching and learning issues.



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More about Mags Ryder

Head of Art and Head of Year 7 at Bolton School, Boys’ Division. Bolton. 



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Current EdD Year 3 student at the Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds. 

My current research explores student quietness within the classroom setting and its benefits to a successful teaching and learning environment.