Sunday, August 5, 2007

Illustration Friday: Missing

Why is it that "El Diablo" (the kid who cannot behave...or the SPAWN of SATAN) is never MISSING from school? Is it because he/she is so mean, the germs just stay away because of fear?
I just got back from a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards conference in Washington D.C. where I presented at one of the sessions. One of the keynote speakers was the wonderful teacher Ron Clark . He was hilarious and truthful as well as inspiring. He also made the witty observation that "mean" kids are NEVER too sick to be absent which seems to be absolutely true! Matthew Perry starred in a made for TV movie about Ron Clark and Oprah had him on her show to discuss his popular book. Please realize that we love all our students...just think of that most annoying adult you know and supersize all the negatives just into a smaller child-version...you'll get the idea of what it's like to work with El Diablo. Plus we have at least 23 other little ones to deal with daily as well, most very well-behaved. Just a little humor in an otherwise frustrating situation.

17 comments:

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imwithsully said...

El Diablo is never absent from daycare either. I know because the little devil always brings in the germs for everyone else... :) You should be able to screen kids for daycare just like they do for college :) Cute work!

platitudinal said...

... me thinks because the parents cannot afford not to miss a day (for sanity's sake, I suppose). Love your charming illustration and your honesty.

*Leo Buscaglia once said that every teacher needs a screaming closet, where she can go in there and screams her frustration away. Maybe you need a screaming closet :)

bee'nme said...

Love all your cute characters throughout this and your other recent illustrations!! Nice take on the topic. I bet your kindergarteners do love your work - well, we love it too!! Thanks for sharing!

md said...

nah he's just lucky that way lol cute illo

The Tart said...

Sweet kitty!

Smooch,
The Tart
; *

enigma said...

yeah, there's always that kind of kids everywhere in the world...not me, though. :) cute drawing.

Ginger*:)* said...

Tracy, I loved your illustration. I am a veteran with the medals to prove it, from the first Grade teachers brigade. Being a good teacher pretty much guarantees that the little "diablos" and all their cousins and siblings will make it into your class on any given year. But you know what, in the long run they turn out to be incredible adults and will thank you for your patience.

ValGalArt said...

A wonderful idea and you captured it perfectly! I take walks with a 2nd grade teacher. I think she's been teaching for over 20 years and I get an earful so I love this and I get it!!!

Irma said...

As an ex-teacher, I understand this well! Really cute and funny illo. Great job!

Paola said...

They are so cute, even "El Diablo" with his funny faces.
You're right, better to deal with it from humour. Besides I think that most of the times they are asking for care and attention. It must be hard to be "El Diablo", even germs don't like you :s

Monica said...

What a fun illo, and again with lots of fun details and lively colors! I can certainly relate... El Diablo comes to the library as well. :-)

kdhamel said...

Great illo Tracy - and too true! I used to teach in a juvenile correctional facility - so I had whole classes of them!

Chickengirl said...

I love the concept of this and I appreciate you bringing your own professional experiences into this illustration. I love observing all the little details you put in your backgrounds. As much as I draw classrooms, I dont think I ever have the real life details you've got.

Tracy said...

Thanks everyone for your comments! I was afraid that I would offend someone when I posted this, that people would think teachers shouldn't think some kids are innately rotten! You made me feel better knowing that it is truly human nature to like and dislike certain people, but to treat them all with respect. Thanks for your visits!

zari.ZHM said...

i love this illo...specially the diablo cat....his expression is sooo funny
Great details and colors ;)

Adrian Ropp said...

I love your art style... Very clean and unique. Keep it up!