Mentoring Kids through Artistic Skills
They say that teaching is a noble profession. Teachers are more than parents they are tasked with various responsibilities which they need to inculcate to students as they mentor them to become responsible citizens in a society. They don’t just teach what is recommended in the various academic disciplines, but they also need to instill the relevant amount of discipline needed to ensure that students become organized and goal-driven as they pursue their success in life.
For such kinds of metric in enabling a student understand the freedom of their success and the academic input needed to ensure that success, and then there must be a balance between the metrics of limits in schools work and the elements of academic excellence which can be achieved from learning in a set up other than school.
Being a teacher who has experienced with kids, I from time to time come up with learning modules which are based on encouraging the participation of kids in learning through arts. Arts have a way of making kids relate through by observation and unique creation of the various concepts as they perceive the world to be.
Learning through Arts
One such program was an art competition that I named New Word Order, which I got some 5th grade kids to participate in. I gave the kids a 200 word story in which they were to recreate the story into 3 different version of the story and recite them during the competition.
I divided them into groups of 4 students each Of course I never thought that some would come up with funny versions of the story, while other would detail well thought version of the same piece. There were awesome creation and together with my colleague Annette, we had a hard time deciding which group had the best presentation. However, there was a lot that I learnt from the whole presentation.
First of all, it was the aspect of creativity. As each group yearned to win the ultimate award of the competition, they came up with interesting pieces of the narrative which exemplified their level of creativity. A high level of creativity meant that the person undertaking the task was focused and clearly understood their mandate. They clearly knew what was required from them and they worked to ensure that they gave a perfect work.
Also by working as a team helped foster the spirit of togetherness. Even after the competition was over, I realized that there were some students who stuck to their groups and whenever there was work needed to be done as a team, they would team up together.
Arts Enable Students to Build Confidence
Arts, especially those that require kids to make presentations help them in building confidence. E.g. when performing a drama or oral work, one is able to build confidence and eliminate stage fright which is beneficial even in future presentations of while addressing a group of many people.
As a kid builds up confidence, then he/she is also able to build self esteem which is critical in the social life of a person. This is very vital especially to kids who hail from dysfunctional backgrounds of have motor problems. A high self esteem also creates room for better performance in school work. This can be seen in cases where a kid with high esteem is able to relate better with other kids as well as her instructors.
Moreover arts also help kids to dedicate themselves as they prepare for the presentation of the particular assignment that they are working on which helps them to get dedicated in class work so as to attain success.