(This is another post that was rejected, but now that I've figured out the
"simple text" thing, I'm resending.)
I borrowed the phrase "From Ordinary to Extraordinary" from a great art book
by Ken Vieth with the same name. The phrase was sort of my theme for the
year. The gist is "all kids can create ordinary artwork, but in art class we
learn how to make a work of art that is extraordinary!" The phrase really
helped me push those kids that seem to be satisfied with minimal performance.
We also used the phrase in personal assessment. "What are some things you
could do to change your work from ordinary to extraordinary?"
Ken Vieth has just finished another terrific book, "Engaging the Adolescent
Mind". Both books are available from Davis. They are outstanding.