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Re: Questioning yourself as an educator

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Lincoln Arts (lincarts)
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 22:05:46 -0800


When people ask me when visiting our gallery if I'm an artist, I say, "No.
I'm a patron and collector." I usually get an, "Oh," and a pitying look.
But long ago I came to terms with the fact that I'm one of those
unfortunates who can't draw or sculpt or sing or act or ???? to save my
life, but I can appreciate the heck out of the stuff!

I've also come to recognize, especially in children, that it's the process,
not necessarily the finished product that's important. And, especially in
children, that the old cliche - beauty is in the eye of the beholder - is
veeeeerrrry true. What we recognize as scribbles are often something quite
distinct in the child's mind. My niece, from a very young age, has been
encouraged to draw and paint. Is she talented? No. Does she have a great
time? You bet. Does she draw things that are recognizable? She's getting
better as she gets older (almost 7). But from a very young age she has
added 'action marks' on everything she draws, just like illustrations in
books. And she has had to explain that those weren't just scribbles, like
the adults thought, they had very specific meanings. "One man's scribbles
is another man's art." Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

Jill, you've proven over and over again - to yourself, others, and those of
us on the listserv, that you're a caring individual and teacher (witness
staying after school waiting with the mother of the missing girl - I sure
hope the little girl arrived home safely!). If you weren't, you wouldn't
still be teaching where you are - you'd have told them all to go to heck and
gotten' out of Dodge. But you haven't, you're still there on the front
lines, plugging away. Sometimes days get away from us and go from bad to
worse in an instant - it sounds like that's what happened today. So
tomorrow, you get up and say "It's a new day, let's make it a good one,"
apologize to the two boys - "I'm so sorry __________. I wasn't thinking
clearly and said something to hurt your feelings - something I didn't want
to do. I hope you can forgive me." - and life will go on. Here's another
old cliche - Keep your chin up!

Sending good thoughts your way....


Jeanne-Marie Fritts
Executive Director