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This sounds great! These experiences really are worth so much and having a
venue to relive them is wonderful, too. In school I enjoyed reading about
the Pygmalian theory-in which people live up to expectations. Your story
could have been in the book! Thanks for sharing it. Keep up the great
At 6:16 AM 2/21/98, Alix E. Peshette wrote:
>It's that time of year when there are too many grey days, filled with
>rain, reluctant students and demanding parents. Some of you have lately
>shared joys and frustrations; I wanted to add one of my own.
>I teach 7th grade world history and all the 7th grade art at my
>middle school. At the start of the second semester, as I looked on
>my roll sheet for the new art classes, I saw the name of Sean H. and groaned.
>"Not Sean H., pleassseeeee.." He had sat through a semester of social
>never a problem, but never engaged; true wallpaper. He was always
>doodling in his journal when he should have been writing on the topic
>of the day. He had a very solid" F" in social studies.
>As I looked at Sean's name on my art class list, I got one of those
>rare flashes (seldom but wonderful) of insight. I could approach this
>in a whole different way. The first day of art class, as Sean slunk
>in the door, I greeted him with "Boy, Sean, I've been looking forward
>to having you in art; you're such a good artist!" He brightened up
>and looked me in the eye. Over a period of the next three weeks,
>Sean blossomed into a productive student in both art AND SOCIAL
>Sean is now one of my best buddies in both classes. He is my
>resident computer whiz and helper of other students. Last Friday,
>when I handed out the weekly computer-generated social studies
>grades, Sean's grade was an A!! In art, Sean has turned out to be
>'native talent' with a great eye for detail, composition and color.
>I'm not trying to pat myself on the back. I am just glorying in the
>wonder of the moment. It's these quiet moments that remind me that teaching
>is a most wonderful career and art can be that magic connection for
>Emerson Junior High School