Three (about Teaching and Learning)

July 2, 2011 at 9:37 PM 4 comments

This is the third installment in my series about “Friday, June 17th”.

The things that I learned from Monday, June 13th to Friday, June 17th are probably much greater than the things that I taught. I learned that I must allow time for others to share, especially since I love so much to do so. I learned that growth is for any age. I learned that seeing yourself as a creator of art is just as important as the art you are creating. I learned that a lack of self-confidence is more contagious than a bubbly confidence- to grow the confidence of others, I must first be confident in myself. To be humble is very different than to say you are not talented. People have more in common, and more individual traits, than we often realize- this means that people are often more than what we see or feel originally. I learned that people will walk on and off of each others paths when they need to, but even when they are not walking on each others paths they can still feel each other walking.

Friday, one of my students was unable to make it because of a wedding, and I really felt the loss of not being able to see her that day. I thought, “If only I had known sooner she would not be back today, I would have made extra certain to give her a hug before she left class yesterday.”

I saw her yesterday, walking down a sidewalk, completely out of the blue. We both recognized each other immediately. Her face lit up. My heart smiled. She remembered my name! I remembered hers! We embraced, and I asked how she had been. Her certificate made it’s way to her through another student safely. My hopes were alive, and happiness was surging. Anything is possible. She liked my fairy wings (yes, I was wearing them in public again)!

To say that each of these young lives have touched mine is cliché, but it is such a deep truth that I must repeat it over and over.

Hopefully within the next week I will be able to take a photo of the collaborative painting and share it with you all.

Forgive my absence, please and thank you.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

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  • 1. Candee Basford  |  July 3, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Heather,

    You’ve shared so much wisdom here about the art of teaching, the art of creating relationships, the art of inspiring others (and ourself!), the art of creating community.

    These lessons you wrote (rephrased a bit for my new work) are going in my new work ‘journal’ and they will remind me to practice this wisdom.

    * We MUST allow time for others to share.
    * Seeing yourself as a “creator” is just as important as the “what” you are creating.
    *A lack of self-confidence can be more contagious than bubbly confidence.
    *To grow the confidence of others, we must first be confident in ourselves.
    *To be humble is very different than saying you’re not talented.
    * People have more in common, and more individual traits, than we often realize- this means that people are often more – much more- than what we see or feel originally.
    *People will walk on and off each others paths when they need to, but even when they are not walking on each others paths they can still feel each other walking.

    ***I can feel you walking…….

    Reply
    • 2. Heather  |  July 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM

      I learn from many of the best teachers in the world- many of which are not even “teachers” in the professional sense. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. Jaclyn Rae  |  July 3, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Great post, Heather!

    & I love, love, love that you wear fairy wings in public! 🙂

    Reply
    • 4. Heather  |  July 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

      Seriously, why wouldn’t I? They’re such great conversation starters (not to mention incredibly magical!).

      Reply

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