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Re: Motivation

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kprs (kprs)
Fri, 01 Nov 1996 21:35:32 -0800

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wkzeil wrote:
> I'd like to know how other Art teachers stay motivated in a field where more is expected every year.

Today as I was adjusting my fifth hat; art teacher, yearbook adviser,
ecology club adviser, gifted and talented teacher, senior class adviser,
while showing my student teacher the ins and outs of teaching, I
wondered 'when can I go to the bathroom'. I don't have time to wonder
about motivation, because quite frankly, teaching to me is about kids,
and less about "subject". Blasphemous?, maybe, but I adore watching the
"light bulbs" go on, when someone finally gets "it", and their eyes
light up, and they tell you that you've made it "real" for them, that's
my motivation. And then, years later when they fly me down to another
state to drive me around to show me which houses they designed, or when
I see on QVC a Marvel comic designed and signed by one of my ex
students, or when another student is working for A T & T designing
logos, then that is "motivation" to me. Or how about when an ex
student, non art major, comes by to introduce you to his wife and child,
and bears a gift of an old radio he found at a flea market because he
knows I collect old radios? Or another student who after getting
discharged from the army wants to put a portfolio together, comes by and
asks to borrow a camera and film to take still lifes that he dreamt
about at bootcamp? Gosh, I wouldn't trade this job for any other,
although I must say after 25 years my feet hurt!

San D

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