A couple days ago I went to one of the elementary schools where I teach. The kids are great. Elementary school kids restore my faith in humanity because they are polite, eager to please, willing, attentive. Junior High kids are a whole different kettle of fish. I’ll address this some other time. Suffice it to say, I can’t figure out exactly why there must be such a profound change in such a short amount of time. Recently we had to get out the Big Guns in the form of Miss Montez at the Junior High where I teach After School. Miss Montez is the head of the After School Program. Miss Montez got game. She got the Power. Another blog. Another time.
Let’s go back to the Elementary school.
So I asked for volunteers as I usually do. And as usual nearly all the hands in the class shot up. I’m amused to see that they want to volunteer almost more than they want to do the project. So I picked a couple kids to pass out the newsprint. Everybody gets one sheet I said. In two minutes one of the kids came back and showed me this.
In amongst the newsprint they were passing out here was this unfinished drawing I had done. Apparently, I completely forgot about it. It was pretty good. I held it up and then the teacher glommed on to it and decided he needed to put it up on the wall. It’s big. Like 24 inches by 36 inches. I was a little embarrassed but I decided to make it a teaching moment to show how shadows don’t have to be Black. I showed them how I made the shadows out of a combination of brown and purple. How cool colors recede and warm colors come forward. That’s enough. They’re third graders, by gum.
I like to show people who would normally think literally and show them that they can think outside the box. I hope this leaks over into other areas of their lives.