RE: [art_education] Re:Quality of work
- Larry - that's some wonderful sentiments - and I totally agree with everything you've said.You sound like a wonderful teacher. :)-Kristi
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of LarrySeiler
Sent: Sunday, December 03, 2006 9:04 AM
Subject: [art_education] Re:Quality of work
sometimes it can certainly be discouraging. ..
Teaching K-12 you see ages of kids and classes where one group working hard
will seem in a couple years to apparently care less. Talking to the
classroom/homeroom teacher sometimes helps you beat up on yourself a bit
less. Sometimes developing interests in boy/girl things are going
on...sports, the playground, at home.
I think life offers many distractions and confusing messages, and we compete
with McWorld to place emphasis that something can matter so much as to
mandate our attention.
I push...I mentor by example as an artist...but I am also human, and have
been discouraged of late for other reasons.
I saw from CBS news this past week that statistically right now 1 out of 32
adults in America is in prison, on parole, or probation. Then we ended the
week with an inservice on "Carefrontation" ...one more strategy on getting a
handle on classroom management. We see things that are falling apart in
society, but are as teachers expected to fix in the classroom.
Its about caring, and getting kids to care...but I see two problems...both
can be put forth by acronyms...
"kids don't care what you know until they know you care"
"the heart of the problem, is the problem of the heart"
I see that the growing "Golden Rule" today for many teens is- "its not
wrong if you don't get caught"
Society seems to reward this idea. Parents are role modeling it...and
somewhere in there we are attempting to put emphasis that bringing a right
attitude (or the one we want) is important when its art making time. The
rest of the world is going many different directions, "H__ in a hand basket"
as they say...but in my room...HERE is what matters!!!
It is frustrating isn't it!
Kids that ask if they can do the simplest easiest thing to do...("will this
be easy?") and my response which throws them off guard is...."yeah. ..you're
right, too easy! I wouldn't do it either!" or...in wanting to be done with
a work..."Is this good enough?" and I respond, "sure...no problem. Here is
your grade." to their..."Whhhaaaaaa t? ...you're giving me a D grade?"
....and I then end with, "sure, isn't a D...(pause for emphasis) GOOD
Hang in there...model excellence. Find joy in those students that are
demonstrating growth, positive change. Keep at it!