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Re: Competitions:Scholastics-my exprnce

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carla schiller (
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 21:15:57 -0700 (PDT)

Thanks for sharing, Maria.

Carla Schiller, Esq.
Teacher, Highly Gifted Magnet
North Hollywood High School, CA
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On Wed, 26 Aug 1998 GFamiglia wrote:

> I'd like to share my bad high school/student teaching experience in hopes that
> others avoid this teaching scenario.
> As a student, I was a very talented young artist. My skill was high, yet I was
> intimidated by new media and being around other students who were "artsy". My
> creativity was lacking--I could draw anything from a picture, then mix some
> creativity in and it exhibited high craftsmanship. Everyone raved.
> I was put into a A.P.-advanced placement class, and was dumbfounded. All
> these "artsy" kids were doing unusual projects-ink blowing, air brushing,
> painting, etc. I sat there and had no idea what I was doing. I was used to
> assignments, and here we were our own bosses. I come from an Italian-catholic
> background where free thinking wasn't allowed. My self-esteem, already low,
> sank lower.
> The point is, although my teacher gave me a few nudges to expand, he never sat
> down with me to really talk about my block, tried to understand me or gave me
> any self-confidence. In fact, he gave all his attentions to his "high
> performers"--the naturals.
> Then I went back to student teach there, and everything bitterly opened up to
> me. I got to see and hear in the office how he favored his prize
> winners--from our art show to the state fair shows. I felt like an insecure
> child again. (Not to mention how the teachers put me down for a personal
> problem I had a hard time dealing with-I thought artists were supposed to be
> sensitive?)
> The moral-?--take the time to understand the shy students--be sensitive to the
> students you know "got it" but just need your help. The prize winners don't
> need you as much as the struggling students do.
> Thanks for listening, Maria