Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tuesday's Teaching Tip

Do you ever have students upset that their drawing (or other art) did not come out as well as they wanted?  Here is a tip for you. Read this book to your class.
Ish is a terrific book about being okay with your attempt and not needing it to be perfect. I model noticing my drawing {let's say a pig} doesn't look so good but saying, "Oh well, it looks pigISH." The kids really catch on to this and it seems to allow them to let go. I often hear them repeating the ISH remark to themselves.

Give it a try and let me know if it works as well for you as it does for me!



  1. What a great book! I have so many kiddos who are hard on themselves, particularly when it comes to artistic endeavors. I'm so glad you shared this!! I'll definitely be using it :)


  2. What a fun site with some great ideas. I came upon your blog by accident and love it!

  3. I love this idea and enjoy following your blog. I will look for the book. I'm new to blogging - because of inspirational blogs like yours!