Any teacher in the arts and sciences has to maintain a sense of childlikeness to be truly inventive.
Can you really learn to knit from a diagram? Try it. Do you want to learn to ski or surf by yourself? You could drown or run into a tree.
I never quite know if what I do will be understood.
It will always take a certain audacity to write or to make art of any kind.
Openness is something any teacher strives to instill in his or her students.
Somewhere in this process, I begin reading and showing my book to my audience. When I say my audience, I mean a single imaginary child who is a blend of myself as a young person, the students in my wife's classroom of first- through third-graders, and the students from two classrooms I visit regularly in the Bronx, New York.