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Diane and Craig-
I really like your idea of using case studies, and especially of posting your
students' ideas and responses. I have a student who has been "haunting" me
all summer. Jakob will be an eighth grader. He is extremely creative and
highly skilled in art, especially in the area of cartooning. He is better
than I am by far in his area and is extremnely critical and cocky toward both
adults and other students. When confronted with frustration in an area where
he does not excel (ceramic sculpture and representational drawing) he usually
fails to finish or destroys his work. To make matters even more difficult, he
is a diabetic and has had a great deal of problems with his insulin
regulation --- and, of course, he is also a fourteen year old! Most teachers
dislike him, because he is so cocky and difficult. I love him dearly (which
he knows -- he spends every noon hour in my room), but also become extremely
frustrated with him. This summer, he went to camp for more cartooning
instruction. In the fall, I will have him for bota reqired art class (7
weeks) and for an elective --daily, all year. The required is no problem --
it is pretty much cut and dried. But in the elective -- how can I challenge
him and also respect his abilities? How can I help him get past his fear of
failure? He would love to do cartooning for the entire year -- how can I alow
him some choice, and yet get him to develop confidence in some other areas --
or isn't that so important at this age?
I have many more, but this one has dominated my thinking for the summer --
and I'm an 18 yr. veteran.