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Re: Art talent: Ability vs. effort


From: Curt James (curt_james_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jul 30 2001 - 15:52:01 PDT

Larry Seiler wrote:

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"I practiced and practiced,
and one day in class a
student told on me for not
paying attention to the teacher's
lesson. The teacher came over,
and perhaps also perceptive of my
struggles to get along with the students
instead of making an example out of me
for having been distracted with
drawing held up a cartoon of Donald
I had been drawing. In third grade,
that nearly made me a hero. She made a
big deal...and soon I was being
asked to draw them on notebooks
of other kids in the playground.
The rest was history."

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That is such a heart breaker.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if there
were more teachers like that teacher?
I am so glad to read your story.

And I loved your punchline as well:

> I wonder today, had I not received
> that kind of attention for figuring out
> a math problem...if I would not be an
> engineer making some really decent
> money! hahaha....

Your post really touched my heart.

I'm so glad that something a teacher
did could help you become more well-liked
or popular in school.

Their action - praising you - helped you
to fit in! This doesn't happen to
every child, unfortunately.

Kevan Nitzberg wrote:

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"That energy that is fueled from within,
though, needs to be nurtured and
shaped. Therein lies the effort that
is necessary for anyone to truly
realize their potential. A propensity
for greatness does not insure its
successful realization. Effort
must therefore go hand in hand with
ability in order to insure a positive
flow of creativity and accomplishment."

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I repeatedly told the students during
my recent long-term position that I would
grade on effort and cooperation more
than on what work is "the prettiest."

Beautiful work is wonderful to see, but
encouraging the students to really try
their best as well as to put forth
that extra effort is what will truly
bring them success in the long run, imo.

Curt (in PA, art certification K-12)
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