Arts teachers take on a variety of roles and use many different instructional techniques as they engage with their students. Teachers can be instructors, mentors, directors, coaches, artists, performers, collaborators, facilitators, critics, and audience members.
Sometimes teachers change roles in direct response to student needs. Other times they vary their approaches to meet curriculum goals. And often it’s just because it’s a natural fit with the art form. Teachers sometimes plan for this; other times they change roles in the moment.
Why does a teacher choose a particular instructional approach?
- To motivate student inquiry and exploration
- To develop critical thinking skills
- To encourage creative solutions to artistic problems