I make sure that the students realize that they are not being compared to
other students only to the rubric. The standards are high, but all can be
Before I offer a suggestion, I make sure I tell them what they have done
well so far. I also make sure that they hear me give suggestions to the more
I LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL STUDENTS, AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR,
UNDERSTAND THAT ALL STUDENTS ARE GIFTED OR TALENTED IN DIFFERENT
AREAS...EVEN WITH 8TH GRADE, IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE IF THEY RECOGNIZE
THAT THEY HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT, EVEN IF IT IS NOT IN ART, OR ACADEMICS...