The "Wonder Full" teacher project.
Since the teacher is of paramount importance, our interest is this: What are the characteristics of a teacher who is seen as a "Wonder Full" teacher--a teacher who creates an environment in the classroom where all learners experience a spontaneous elevation of behavior--where their physical, visual, written, and spoken expressions decidedly shift to what can be legitimately termed artistic?
The teacher who is perceived to be a "Wonder Full" teacher first by the learners, then by parents and colleagues can create a learning environment that is literally transformational. The transformation we are referring to shifts the usual self-conscious, hesitant, classroom entrance behavior of most students to artistic behaviors. That is, there is a greater flow and abundance of ideas, effort becomes focused, and a greater interest and empathetic regard develops for all others. There is a decided grace and ease of movement, joyfulness, and spontaneity in broth thinking and acting blossoms, and forms of expression become richer and fuller. We believe that artistic behavior need not be the uncommon and special behavior of a few and gifted minority.
Peter London is the author of Drawing Closer to Nature and No More Secondhand Art. Virginia Freyermuth is a Massachusets Teacher of the Year and a National Outstanding Art Teacher named by Disney and McDonald's American Teacher Awards.
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