There is an old aphorism that asks teachers “Would you like to be a student in your class?” Oh yes. So much so that I sometimes have to do the assignments that I give to my students. In this case, “Draw three or more insects from reference or observation. Look carefully at the differences between each bug and include enough details that another student can identify – without hints – which insects you chose to draw.”

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Airports are the easiest places in the world to draw strangers. They were always great but, nowadays, almost everyone is immobilized by their phones. I literally sat right next to a couple of people and drew them without their noticing. Even when a little crowd of kids formed around me, the person I was drawing didn’t look up from his device to see what the commotion was about. #blackmirror

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When asked, my son will answer, “No,” he does not read for fun. The fact though is that he does it often but he gets so engrossed that he doesn’t notice himself doing it. We kept him home with a sore throat and he spent the whole sick day working his way through a fat stack of comic books. “What you’re doing right now,” I whispered to him, ” – I just want you to notice – You’re reading for fun.” His response was the little boy version of a growl. His unspoken message was “Grrrr, don’t ruin this for me.”

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