Teaching the Arts

The arts curriculum can be taught in a number of ways, to a variety of students across a number of age groups and learning styles. The problem is that much of the time teachers are personally unfamiliar or inexperienced in the subjects or fields they’re teaching. This is why teachers can strongly benefit from professional development that will transform into better learning experiences for students of dance, theater, music, and the visual arts. 

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Teaching the Arts
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Being Familiar with the Subjects You’re Teaching
Those educators who teach the arts should be familiar with them! All too often, teachers in primary schools are hired to teach a variety of classes, for many of which they have no personal experience or expertise. These educators are not very specialized in any particular disciplines or programs. In high school, the case is mostly dissimilar. High school teachers tend to focus more on teaching particular subjects, as opposed to a specific grade or age level. And so, there is a definite area of improvement when it comes to primary school educators and their method of teaching the arts when they are unfamiliar with them!

Familiarizing Yourself and Becoming an Engaging Teacher!
Educators can familiarize themselves with the subjects they are teaching through a number of activities and workshops that encourage a fun, simple, and engaging curriculum. Teachers must be open-minded in ensuring that their teaching styles are catering to many different types of learners, and that the arts are taught differently from classes in the sciences, for example. When teaching the arts, there can be a greater emphasis on creative expression and use of several types of teaching materials such as songs, dances, artistic mediums, and other types of props as well as games.

Every Subject is Different!
Educators of these types of creative arts must be empowered and diligent in ensuring that their personal backgrounds do not interfere with the students’ artistic expression and way they experience different subjects. Teachers whose backgrounds are in other subjects might be shy with regards to teaching the creative arts! Let’s face it; certain people really excel in the arts and if the teacher is not giving it their all, either because of a lack of interest in the subject or due to a personal preference for other programs, then the children will really suffer.

In addition to teaching subjects in an unbiased and equivocal manner, educators should also be quick to pick up on specific skills that students possess, so that they can work with students individually to satisfy their needs, learning styles, and forms of expression. 
About the Author:

Andrew Delaney feels very passionate about child development and their self-esteem. He firmly believes that Inspired Arts Resources increases self-esteem in children

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