Teacher at Antietam Academy helps students express themselves

Maryland

A fine arts teacher at Antietam Academy is helping students express themselves. The classroom is lit-up with colorful lights and decorated with artwork that Michael Maginnis and the students made together.

They do art exercises every morning during the week to give students the chance to show their best work.

Maginnis said with his class, the trauma responsive approach for the school is for faculty to become sensitive to the traumas students are experiencing that often lead to behavior issues. He said this class is something he cares deeply about.

“I’m really sensitive to the fact that my students are really presenting with a great deal more hardships in their youth so I’ve always been sensitive to that, so over the last couple years I thought I should not only tune my practices, but tune my enviroment,” Maginnis said.

He added, this class is something he will continue to do for his students to show them they aren’t alone.

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