Teaching Artist Reflection

Being a teaching artist is one of the roles that have in my fitness/movement practice. It has  been a pleasure, honor and privilege of serving children and families in many settings, including in afterschool programs. One of my assignments was to help children with their homework. Early on, I noticed children coming into the program with snacks from the convenience store. Have you ever tried to help a child do homework after school where they have been sitting all day, while doped up on Ring Pops, Doritos, Takis, cookies, etc? Try doing a Common Core math problem with children under those conditions. Times 15-20 students. I had an assistant, but it was still challenging. Anyway, instead of getting mad at the convenience stores and our educational system, I decided to work on some solutions around food, nutrition, math and convenience. Lunchbox season is here. I love snacks too. Too much I admit. We made a “butterfly” creation in one of my classes. It’s really easy and a great way to practice portion control for kids and adults. You can use any snack and it’s an opportunity to bond through art and practice real life math skills. Last thing- I hate the Common Core. I’m sorry if it offends anyone, but I do. I’m looking forward to being a part of a new conversation around health and wellness in our communities.

About joharimayfield

Johari Mayfield is a dancer, choreographer, activist, healer, and ACE certified personal trainer living in New York City. Johari utilizes her dance background along with cardiovascular exercises, strength training and yoga with her clients to hone the synergies of mind/body, strength and flexibility. Johari’s community outreach initiatives have included children’s workshops on fitness and healthy eating at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, movement and fitness with Girls Education and Mentoring Service (GEMS), an organization committed to empowering survivors of sexual exploitation and Reveal NYC, a nonprofit organization that encourages female survivors of domestic violence in self-care. In addition, she's also taught cardio dance classes at the Rose M. Singer Center at Riker’s Island for female inmates and team building through dance in her “Hip Hop Lit Squad” for children at the Athleta Flatiron location in NYC. She currently is on faculty at Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy,14th St Y, and ETD Outreach team. She's the proud humama of a rescue pitbull named Lucy.
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