Jane and Michael,
Your topic is timely for me since I just (yesterday) sent a column to SchoolArts magazine about the fine art of praise. It should come out in February. I wish I would have read your comments before submitting my column because you gave me some good ideas to ponder. This is an important area for teachers to consider because we talk to our kids quite a bit everyday and are sometimes not as careful as we should be. My column in the Sept. issue of SchoolArts is about encouraging art teachers, which is also an area of critical need.
From: Jane Altshuler [mailto:Jane_Altshuler@bullis.org]
Sent: Fri 10/3/2003 7:54 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: Discouraging words
Encouraging words do not use things like good better not great, etc. They
are more like observations - "your picture shows that you were thinking
about composition. One part that may need more thought is the edges -
look how x artist brought his picture all the way out to the edges. Maybe
this will give you some idea of how to address your edges."
"It looks like you edges got a little worn as you were working on this.
My thought is to trim them on the paper cutter. Do you have any other
I know it sounds ridiculous, but once you have learned this kind of
"teacher language" you will see how encouraging it is. Remember that the
route of the word is courage, and that is what we are trying to give to
our students. Jane
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