Last year I received a fellowship from Funds for Teachers. I chose to go to Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. It was an enriching experience for me. What I learned there I passed to my students and ceramic colleagues. Today I had dinner with 6 other recipients of the fellowship. One travelled to Africa, 2 others Spain and the other 2 went to East Asia. We shared our stories and learning experience. Each us touched by the people we met and in turn, like seeds, we spread our knowledge. As teachers, we touch the lives of so many people, giving what we know to them. As the years go by, we become depleted. It is organizations like Funds for Teachers that help us refill our wells so that we can have more to draw upon. If you are a teacher, you should apply. Who knows who
Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887), Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887
As a teacher, I am always giving 110% to my students, school and career. Of late, we have been threaten with the loss of our jobs, classroom sizes of over 45 students to 1 teacher and less money to support our programs. With all that hanging in the future, how do we expect the United States to grow and move ahead when education is considered unimportant? What is to become of the new generation of people who grow up without knowledge?
Starting to share my thoughts. Just beginning to catalogue my recent work. It takes a side of the brain that is organized and efficient. I would rather be rummaging around the right side of the brain, creating. It is more comfortable to be in that space. You know what I am talking about.