In a rich learning environment, teachers recognize the central role of creativity and engage students in exploring ideas and issues, challenging traditional assumptions, solving complex problems, and constructing knowledge rather than just memorizing it. Skillful arts teachers create an atmosphere of mutual trust where students feel free to take risks and explore their own thoughts and feelings. Constructive criticism is the norm, and students benefit from the responses of others.
In a safe and creative learning environment, teachers:
- Instill personal confidence and respect for others
- Model and encourage constructive criticism
- Value artistic expression and individual opinions
- Provide opportunities for self-direction and leadership