The Curve

“Be drawn to the visual arts for it can expand your imagination.” Barbara Januszkiewicz

Heart-a-Day #23

It’s pretty much a given that I’ll get a “curve” thrown at me each day.  One day, it’s too many students absent so we can’t finish a project we started the day before.  Another day, it’s a dispute between two students who’ve always gotten along fine.  Sometimes, my carefully planned lesson just… fails.  These curves can upset the balance of the classroom OR they can be an opportunity for creativity.  So, if there aren’t enough students to finish the project, maybe I’ll just put it aside.  Or we’ll start a similar project that doesn’t need as many hands.  If that scuffle occurs, it’s a chance to teach a song or tell a story about handling conflicts.  And with that lesson that flops, the best bet is to acknowledge it with the students, figure out what didn’t click and find the humor in the situation to turn it around.  When I approach the curve with creativity, things have a way of ultimately succeeding.

Is there a way to meet your curve creatively?  How can you turn that problem into an opportunity?  Step, back take a breath and stare down the curve.  Then trust your creativity.


(Access to these photographs does not constitute a transfer of copyright or a license for commercial use.  The images are for personal use only.  No portion of the images can be used without the expressed written permission of Michael B. Stanley, Jr.)


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I am an artist, musician, author and kindergarten teacher wanting to share what I have learned about teaching and making art.

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