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Friday, September 26, 2008

Self Portrait Created By Hand


I love it when the theme of an art challenge is relevent to my life experience like the "Numbers" challenge this week at Theme Thursday I've been math challenged all my life. I remember in the fourth grade, when my school started ability-grouping, I was the only person in my entire grade that was cross-grouped. I was "high" groups for language arts, science, and social studies and in the "middle" group for math. Even there, I still struggled to make respectable grades. In tenth grade, when I took geometry and made an A, I was sure that the grade was incorrect, since I hadn't made higher than a C in math since I was eleven. My teacher checked her gradebook, though, and assured me that I had indeed earned an A that semester. I later discovered that geometry is a "right-brained math." In eleventh grade chemistry, my teacher gave me a C because she said I was the only student in class who didn't cheat, and she didn't want to put a D on my permanent record. I will love her forever for that. Of course, it didn't hurt one bit that I did all of her bulletin boards. I can remember words, colors, even sounds, with great accuracy, but my brain will not hold onto numbers. I couldn't tell you the amount of our mortage payment, how much our usual electric bill is, or even a good price for ground beef. I've always accepted that I just wasn't great at math, and, although it frustrated me a little when I was in school, it never kept me from doing what I really wanted to do. My limitations may have even made me into an better teacher for students with disabilities.I always liked to think that having a void on the left side of my brain just freed up more space for the good stuff!

6 comments:

Audrey said...

Wow, great! Love the numbers with the wings! wonderful idea!

Chriss Rollins said...

stunning numbers entry
chriss x

Char said...

Wonderful striped legs. Fab

J and Z said...

very fun! love those flying numbers!!

Margaret Ann said...

I have presented you with an award on my blog...Pop in and pick it up at your leisure! :) Spread the JOY!

Kris Dickinson said...

I am lovin' all your fabulous zetti creations!