WHEN it comes to being a teacher, you often have to be encouraging, even if your student lacks talent.
But an art teacher has revealed her reasons for never telling children they are “good at drawing”, even when they promise.
TikTok user @artteacherkim explained: “I don’t tell my students they are ‘good’ at drawing for many reasons.”
She said the phrase is “not specific” and “too general,” preferring instead to praise them for the work it took to “become the artist they are.”
Kim explained that you should compliment the process, the work, the practice and the effort.
She said, “Wow, you really worked hard to draw this city.
“Wow, you’ve practiced a lot.
“Wow, you must have been drawing all day, this looks great.
“As an adult, I notice that a lot of people compliment me on how easy I make it look.
“And it’s easy right now, 34 years later.
“But they didn’t see the years of practice and nights of drawing and doodling in my sketchbook that it took to become the artist I am.
“So no, I don’t tell my kids they’re good at drawing, I let them know that I see the hard work they put into becoming good at drawing.”
Her video has garnered over 2,000 likes and people were quick to comment on her approach.
One said: “Love this!”
Another added: “This translates to everything in life. Praising work builds confidence in trial and error, praising results lowers confidence.”