I loved the observation that Issac Newton was also a single-minded individual, who happened to be focused on something other people found interesting. Paul Collins mentions that there are Newtons of refrigerator parts and painted light bulbs and train schedules. Newton just happened to be the Newton of Newtonian physics and it's hard to imagine the one existing without the others.
As a teaching artist working with special populations, a person with a set of goals in my interaction with autistic students, I hope that I never fail to be open to whatever it is that the child is a 'Newton' of. Their sharing of that in our time together amounts to the greatest gift my profession can afford me.
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