Toward the end of the day today, I had a first grade class quietly working on some free drawing after they had finished another project. I'm used to seeing great drawings from the Thomas students, but I saw one today that was especially impressive. Trisha, a first grade student was working from a "How to draw Lion King" book. Some younger kids want to trace or will diligently work on each small step from the book. Trisha wouldn't ever think about tracing and completely skipped the steps. She loves to draw an is obviously very good at it. It is these types of things that really make my day as an art teacher.