The art teacher had come in early to set up for the morning class. She was excited about the forthcoming lesson, as it was a departure from the usual humdrum of form and shape.
Today she had set an individual project on each student’s easel.
She had put a lot of thought into each task. She’d questioned them about their likes and dislikes and had set the respective tasks reflective of those discussions.
She knew she had a bright bunch of students and had high expectations.
When they arrived, there was the usual hubbub as they settled at their respective seats. She called for attention and outlined the task assigned to each one.
They looked as one at the small slips of blue post-it attached to their easels. There was a moment’s silence as they took in the task at hand.
Around the room, there were murmurs of surprise, a few giggles and quite a few questions. She answered their queries and then left them to their own devices to decide the medium they would use.
The freedom she gave them excited some, but frightened others as they were used to more structured lessons.
By the end of the period, each student had considered his and her task and had formulated a plan of exploration.
Later as the teacher packed up the room, she felt excited by the prospect of what was to come.