I was told early on in life if you wanted to get good at anything, surround yourself with people who do what you want to do but do it better than you. As an art teacher in high school, I am often struck by the realization that many of my students are so much more talented that I am, smarter and more gifted. I know I'm not teaching, I'm not even guiding, I'm just supporting and encouraging what and when I can. I feel so lucky to be doing what I am doing. Today after school Josh had a figure drawing session at the UW for his drawing students. He's invited me several times but I've avoided going because I know I'm not that great at free figure drawing-- I'm simply out of practice. I finally got over there and though I did very little to help, I was inspired by the many talented students that attended. Josh is an amazing teacher and we are lucky to have him at JMM.
I started my day with a mile and a half jog on the treadmill and a mile dogwalk. The day was slow going with meeting, news clip shoot at lunch, lots of kids in progress and some yearbook work after school. After school I ran home to walk Balt, feed him and then get myself dinner, before joining Josh. It was a great way to end a long week. Just one more week before Spring Break but there's lots to do.