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RE:Gifted in art

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Tue, 20 Oct 1998 19:32:26 -0400

I just had to get in on the gifted question. I recently completed a 6
week exploratory in middle school and one of the most gifted students
was in my 6th hour, 33 student class. It was at best controlled chaos,
at worst mayhem. No one got hurt, but you get the picture. Every day
this student came in, sat down and did the most amazing startup drawing
and then continued to do every project beyond my expectations - without
any encouragement from me, (this class had 7 or 8 LD, EI, EMI, etc
students who were more than capable of grabbing me for attention). The
only time he really asked for anything was when he needed brown paper
for his mixed media collage. A week before the class ended he approached
me and asked if he could switch into my first hour to work on a comic
strip. I said absolutely and he and a friend are now my first advanced
art class. He got my first Awesome Art Award and will be helping with
our webpage, etc.
If a student is truly gifted in art they will come to you. They will
make the best of your projects that you have tailored to the middle, and
once in a awhile you'll teach to them specifically, even if it's a
glance in their direction with a look that says - I know you'll go
places with this one. I had believed this, and now I've seen it happen.
Of course I'm ecstatic that my students know they can come to me for the
extra input they need and want - and even feel confident enough to
create their own class!
As for tracking - I don't know. I certainly struggled through the 6th
hour I mentioned, where I had the largest gap.
And as for the $ issue, my school has 80% free and reduced lunch - $
doesn't create gifted students, and they do deserve our extra attention
- especially in art. It may be the most challenging class they have - a
chance to think creatively.
Thanks for reading,