Occasionally my students create some incredible works that can be defined as amazing for any number of reasons. Here are a couple that particularly tickled my fancy.
The first piece on display today was done by Momoka, who is currently an 8th grader. An aspiring illustrator, she always goes above and beyond on any assignment that requires any sort of drawing. In contrast, other students generally draw stick figures. I’ve seen her sketch book before as well, and its really incredible what she can do with lines. I can confidently say that she has the most artistic talent in the school. The work that she does for the actual art class is even more impressive.
I believe that the next submission was made by one of our 9th grade students named Takumi. While not hopeless with at, for this masterpiece, he opted instead for the pen with which to craft his inner self. When I correct papers, there are always plenty of mistakes that will make me laugh, or others that just leave me confused. However, I always know it will be a special day when something of this caliber shows up on my desk. I don’t quite understand the last bit, but from a teacher’s perspective I was pretty impressed with the grammar usage.
The next two pieces are from kids who excel at English and are always happy to talk with me outside of class. A lot of kids can be pretty passive in and out of the classroom, so us foreign teachers are always happy to have a few of these students. The first is by Mina, currently an 8th grade student. Not so terribly gifted like Momoka, but I really like her drawing style. She has had some health problems over the years, so I think one of her appointments served as the muse here. This one has the bonus of some solid English writing as well. She is my only student who has ever addressed the reader with a question. It’s a higher level of English, and I don’t know where it came from. Understanding the relative difficulty of elements within your own native language is certainly an acquired skill, and is vital to providing effective examples to those studying it.
The final piece of this collection was done by another of my 8th graders. Kouki is great at English and always ready to answer questions. I was making my rounds while my team teacher was at the helm and noticed this at the back of the classroom. The “Justin I love America DraGon” is undoubtedly one-of-a-kind and does a lot to capture my better sides. It reads “I have made a bizarre foreigner. I wonder if it’ll scare Justin.?” I might have. Either way, I was happy to see that one of the students thought of me outside of my classroom, especially with this older age group. This sort of thing doesn’t happen much at the middle school level.