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Re: Problems


Date: Sat Oct 25 2003 - 18:19:51 PDT

The wonderful thing about making is art is not having all the answers. I
want my students to know that there are often many answers to problems,
especially life's. They are so used to thinking there is "right" or "wrong", one or
the other, so I strive to get them to look for many ways of expressing a
viewpoint. It's also good for them to see teachers as human. Yesterday a class
was upset that I had lost their drawings from the day before. I share a
classroom with a rather untidy disorganized brilliant teacher and had taken their
drawings with me. The drawings didn't get back with me to the classroom that
day. So they teased me about losing their drawings and giving them all "A's"
for their wonderful drawings. One of the best pieces of advice a fellow
teacher gave me when I started out was to not worry about having to stop a project
in the middle if it wasn't working. This only happened once, but it sure was
a relief. Now, a few years later, I myself am much better at looking for
alternate solutions to problems. The wonderful group on this list and my
students have taught me a lot! Genie Holt, Wickenburg