Tomorrow is the first day of school. I am looking forward to meeting the new kids and renewing connections with returning students. Every kid (like the characters in the above picture, are unique. Sure there are similarities in personalities or archetypes but talk to them and their stories are rich and deep with joy and sadness, victories and insecurities. They come to the art room, some excited, some apprehensive, and some hostile. It’s my job to look past this and see the person inside that has the potential to be successful in class. I get to draw this out of them. Some days it works and some days I fail miserably but not for lack of trying.
I am excited this year to have my room set up, clean and organized and ready to go. I get to teach my all time favorite art form to kids. I teach them how to use the sketchbook. How to draw, paint, print write and tell the story of themselves. To see the world in new and interesting ways and to discover just how rich and wonderful their life is. What a great gig! This year is the first year since the COVID pandemic hit that I will have all of my students seated in class for five days a week. Some people during the pandemic were touting the benefits of online schooling. It may be fine for some kids but for the vast majority, it was terrible. Kids need to make connections. If you don’t connect with your kids, your will have a terrible time trying to get them to be excited about your subject. But if you can get them to feel, to know that you care about them then you can get them to “walk through fire” for you.
So here we are on 2021/22 eve. I am ready. I am excited, I am prepared and I can’t wait to get to know my students. I can’t wait to see how utterly brilliant they are.