Persist to Learn

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Sometimes learning requires both persistence and ingenuity. There are days when students run into the same obstacles over and over again. But a good teacher will not remove the obstacle. A good teacher will wait while the student figures out a different approach to the challenge. Of course, it would be far easier to just give the right answer or even give explicit direction, but in the long term, how does that benefit the student when the next obstacle comes along? It takes an incredible amount of self-control to watch students work things out for themselves, but the joy when they DO overcome is immeasurable.

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About mrsloomis

I am an accidental artist. I am an on-purpose teacher. I was terrible in art when I was in school. and I said more times than I can count, "I will NEVER be a teacher." God, in His divine sense of humor, has made sure I am now both artist and teacher. I teach high school literature and composition with a twist: I ignore standardized tests and teach my students to think critically from both sides of the brain. The left side analyzes the literature and composes mechanically accurate essays. The right side uses art and creative questioning to make the literature both relevant and exciting. So far, in 20 years, it seems to be working for me. My students consistently out-perform their peers in collegiate writing courses. My students also love learning, and taking ideas to a new a deeper level, which also serves them well in college and well beyond. Away from the classroom , I am passionate about my Lord, my family, my greyhounds, music, and naps. I love photography, digital art, running half marathons and just BEING. God is good, and I am blessed.

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