I just read the book steal like an artist over the last few days and read it thinking about my passion in life: teaching
The book isn’t really a book. More like a bunch of index cards that have good life ideas. This book isn’t just for artists, it’s for everyone who wants more creativity in their life.
Thinking about teaching and this book, well the title goes against a tent of teaching which is, not to steal. I have to constantly explain the importance of citations to students as they want to copy and paste images, pictures and facts like bandits. Kleon explained that nothing is original, everything has been stolen from those that came before them.
The book says to find someone who is doing great thing and get to know all their work. The quote below really hit me as I think that if I see something, that I shouldn’t share it since it has already been done.
“Everything that needs to be said has been said, but since no one is listening everything must be said again” Andre Gide
Stealing in this way is a hard lesson to swallow in education, especially k-8 education. I think their is a lot of value to finding good sources and duplicating the info or ideas in your own way! This is how you can find your voice and the people are the dots the brought you to where you are.
I liked this book so much that I decided to buy his other books as well as undertake some of the ideas in the book. For now I’m getting into to leave you with this graphic about the central points of the book. I will expand upon it in another post.