The other day I had a conversation with a public school teacher who made a very interesting observation. One of her students had a self- realization and a light bulb went on for her. Her student made a sudden, conscious decision to try, to care, and to set goals for herself. The teacher called it “flipping the switch,” and said “I hope I can motivate my students enough so they will all flip the switch.” This experienced, caring teacher wants all of her students to succeed in the classroom and as well as in life.
I know this revelation has happened to all of us at one time or another, where we decide, “enough is enough, I can do better.” It happened to me in the eighth grade, when I faced my fear of public speaking and shyness around people. I am not completely over it. I have relapses once in a while, because basically, I’m a shy person. But I have discovered that the mere fact that a person makes the decision “to flip the switch” and makes a conscience effort to change, the world opens up, and they see things differently.
The ARTree has seen this first hand with students that lack the confidence to explore without any boundaries. By boundaries, I don’t mean boundaries of classroom, but boundaries students seem to place on their abilities. These are self- imposed boundaries.
Our instructors are encouraged to spend time developing art projects. They then give the student instruction on the materials they use and how they work.
Then comes the fun part. Student are set free to explore the materials and different methods of working.
Our instructors have witnessed first -hand some beautiful transformations. Students of all ages building confidence and yes, they have even “Flipped the Switch.”
The ARTree offers many opportunities for “flipping the switch”.
Our instructors try to set the children up for success in every single project.
The ARTree Community Arts Center