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I haven't been able to read through all the messeges for about a week, boy
what a shock! 350 messeges, and a whole lot of negative spirits!! What's
happening to our wonderful group. Are we so stuck on our own little world
to realize we are all in this game called education together. We need to
take our jobs with excitement, not with distain for our fellow art
educators. So what if we spell a few words wrong. I'm a horrible typist -
watch the keyboard, etc. With a dragging left hand that consrtantly hits
the caps-lock. I hope we don't come accross so negatively to our students?
Where's the humor that was in this list? I realize it is just a few who
come accross like this, so to the rest of you I apologize. How many times
have we heard to stay away from negative people, for they will just drag
you down! "Is your glass half empty or half full" Etc. etc.
I went to a wonderful two day regional educational convention where Howard
Gardner and David Lazear were the major presenters. Now I think I'm
finally understanding the relationship of Left/Right Brain to Learning
styles to the big picture called Multiple Intelligences. We have such an
important job ahead to be the leaders of this movement where the Arts are
by some peoples viewpoint, the catalyst for all the other
Intelligences!!!!! With this huge task ahead how dare we cut each other
down because of a few missed spelled words or viewpoints which may not be
ours! Shame, Shame!!
I also heard what I believe to be the best motivational speaker I have ever
heard, as a closing speaker to this two day event. In my 25 years of
teaching I have heard one heck of a lot of speakers. Now you wonder who
could that be? well I won't keep you in suspense any longer. He was Jack
Canfield. Author of "Chicken Soup For The Soul" What an inspiration!! He
firmly believes we as teachers must be concerned about our students and
each other's self-esteem and well being, as well as teaching them some
concept or skill. How true! A kind word can go so far. If you haven't
read any of his books, pick one up. I'm just starting to read his 3rd
edition, what a great pick me up! He is also planning a book devoted to
teachers and our thoughts as well as about 20 other books in the works!
Enough complaining. Lets just see if we can think before we start typing
"wild and crazy" thoughts!!!!!
Until next time!