If you look

at their early work,

it would be easy to dismiss

Vincent van Gogh & Paul Cezanne

as artists.


Their early paintings

and drawings

are clunky and awkward.

It’s surprisingly easy

to point out all things

that are wrong

about this work.



in the early works,

it’s also possible

to see the seeds

of the ideas

that make them

the geniuses

we now see them as.


As teachers,

when we look

at our students’ work,

we can focus

on all the things

that are wrong


look for the seeds

we can nurture.


If we want to see

student growth,

it seems

we might be wise

to focus mostly

on the seeds.


Trevor (@trevorabryan)

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