In a message dated 2/7/2004 6:00:54 AM Pacific Standard Time,
I lost count years ago of the kids who veered off into another
direction from my intended project because I let them go with their
enthusiasm and ideas.
This is very true. I like to give options to make my projects have some
variety. Lots of times students will have a new idea or twist and that becomes a
great approach. These will sometimes be the way I approach it next year. In
my more advanced classes I have given them a thin thread and let them go with
the rest having to come up with new ideas.
Happy accidents are the way I got through college. I cannot even remember
how many times I would goof and then make something out of it. My kids think
that mistakes are terrible and will cost them the grade but I try to work out
the goof into a great ending.
Happy accidents are great and I will always ask the students to work into
their piece and never throw it away if possible, but to take it into a new
direction or make something happen from it. I like this challenge and I feel that
we do our kids more service by asking them to work it out than to just start
Art teacher, Leigh High School, San Jose, CA