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Gratitude for teachers

2012 . 12 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Recently, I’ve been chatting with high school groups who come by Place to see Crime Against Nature.  I talk about being an artist and answer a few questions.  It takes me a half hour, and those are thirty minutes I thoroughly enjoy—in case this blog doesn’t make it obvious, I love talking about my work.

The other day, I was given a pile of thank-you cards to reward my efforts.  I was touched by the gesture, and it reminded me that I had a thank-you of my own to write.

hand-made thank-you cards

I’m not a teacher.  What’s more, I couldn’t be one because I don’t have everything that it takes to inspire students on a daily basis.  To be an educator, you need:

- knowledge that should be shared.

- a willingness to dig for more knowledge all the time.

- an ability to entertain since no amount of content will make it to its intended audience without brilliant delivery.

- a seemingly unfailing supply of self-confidence.

- smarts in order to problem-solve about the best way to reach an individual student with her-his specific needs.

- genius to figure out the best way to reach a whole group of students at the same time.

- a certain kind of sensitivity which allows you to discern what’s working and what’s not in a particular classroom dynamic.

- heaps and hills and mountains of patience.

- and the energy and affability of at least eighteen puppies.

I hope I hit on most of the things you must have in order to be teacher, but I’m sure I didn’t get it all.  It is not an easy job.  I am deeply grateful to those who commit themselves to educating the next generation.  Each of you is my hero.

- The energetic nature of art-making
- Becoming peer
- Graduation

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(2) Comments / Commentaires: Gratitude for teachers

-- Allie -- 2012 . 12 . 17 --

Awwww, shucks.  needed that today, and will share with my teacher friends.

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-- Gwenn -- 2012 . 12 . 18 --

Happy it hit the spot!  Do I get a gold star? wink

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