What are the opportunities for students to become leaders?
Can art teachers use the arts as a way of encouraging student leadership skills?
As educators/school head, do you look to the arts as a way of developing student leadership?
How many parent encourage the art skills in a child in Nigeria?
How much hours is opened for the pratice of art in schools?
How meny train and certified art teachers are teaching in schools?
We need to ask ourself some of this questions everyday.
Arts to me refers to the theory and physical expression of creativity found in human societies and cultures. The arts may include literature – including poetry, novels and short stories, and epic poetry; performing arts – among them music, dance, and theatre; and visual arts – including drawing, painting, photography, crafts, ceramics, sculpting and more
Engagement in the arts offers a wonderful starting point for parents and head of schools who want to develop and exercise their children’s creative problem-solving and Leadership skills. It might seem counterintuitive to think of the arts as a place for critical thinking, problem solving and Leadership, as we typically associate softer qualities such as appreciation of beauty to call art
Almost everybody think art is the expression of inner feelings,this meaning can only Scole 20% oval 100% in school now, Arts is not just about self-expression of feelings or creating aesthetics. It’s about problems solving, analyzing issues, and finding solutions. Interpretation of history. And more The purpose of arts is to express an idea in a unique way, in the hopes that a person may find new meaning in an old or new concept. It’s about discovery, expression, and understanding. When a child can creatively express him/herself, that child is discovering new ways to communicate and connect to the society at large
However, the reality is that most children need to learn how to reason creatively and envision multiple solutions to dilemmas. They also need sustained practice with these skills in different kinds of situations. But how, when so much of children’s attention in school is directed toward finding “right” answers and avoiding “wrong” ones, can a child learn and practice these important habits of mind? Where is there room in a child’s life for the messiness and risk-taking involved with creative thinking?
The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of the large lessons kids can learn from practicing the arts is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
I believe that the arts can be about problem solving which can leads us away from the idea that children’s art is only about making aesthetically pleasing objects or providing entertainment, and gives a parents a way to help children be more innovative in very simple, yet powerful ways.
Beyond the roles such as student union government and class captains,
What are the opportunities open for our children to quire skills
leadership emerges when we encourage our students to take on big issues that have an impact on the world outside the classroom. This type of experiential education is crucial for developing leadership in our students, and it also energizes the classroom and motivates learning.
To move this topic forward Here are ways that working in the arts can give students the skills to become great leaders:
1. Confidence –
The skills developed through theater, not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage.
2. Problem Solving – Artistic creations are born through the solving of problems. How do I turn this clay into a sculpture? How do I portray a particular emotion through dance? How will my character react in this situation? Without even realizing it kids that participate in the arts are consistently being challenged to solve problems. All this practice problem solving develops children’s skills in reasoning and understanding. This will help develop important problem-solving skills necessary for success in any career
3. Accountability –
When children practice creating something collaboratively they get used to the idea that their actions affect other people. They learn that when they are not prepared or on-time, that other people suffer.
4. Collaboration –
Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal.
5. Non-Verbal Communication –
Through experiences in theater and dance education, children learn to breakdown the mechanics of body language. They experience different ways of moving and how those movements communicate different emotions. They are then coached in performance skills to ensure they are portraying their character effectively to the audience.
– When kids get to practice following through with artistic endeavors that result in a finished product or performance, they learn to associate dedication with a feeling of accomplishment.
While this might appear to be the most obvious skill, we should remind ourselves that creativity is not just about expression and aesthetics, but also about problem solving. While other disciplines encourage creative solutions to solving problems, the arts seek to find solutions beyond our consensual understanding of the problem, pushing against the margins of what might be provable. Artists are pioneers of inventing and testing out new ideas and sensibilities. This quality makes for ideal leadership.
8. Risk Taking
If we expect our students to be truly creative and seek out those new ideas and sensibilities, we must encourage and reward taking risks. One of the most rewarding outcomes of teaching students in the arts is that it gives them the ability and the confidence to do things that are new and unorthodox. Peer pressure doesn’t go away when one becomes an adult. Great leaders, when necessary, will go against the mainstream in terms of thinking, and take the chances of having their ideas and actions ridiculed or criticized.
The arts attract students who are often marginalized because they have already experienced the challenge of being rejected or shunned. They have gone through the storm and have less fear about being different and embracing new ideas.
9 Project Planning
Project planning is the most pragmatic of the skills taught in arts education. Students are encouraged to consider and commit to projects that might not see fruition until weeks or sometimes months later. In addition to utilizing strategies such as backward design, goal setting, and implementing an effective process, project-planning skills develop character and fortitude in our students who know that they are in it for the long haul.
10 Observational Skills
Great leaders have the ability to be aware of moods, attitudes, and the world around them. In arts education, we encourage our students to be keen observers. Also, it’s often the case that students who are drawn to the arts are introverted yet also skilled observers. It is imperative for teachers to nurture this gift of observation and further develop it in students when necessary. We must also be able to identify, develop, and productively channel the role of the quiet influencer that our most observant students often play.
Once we encourage our students to take on big issues, we need to provide them with the skills to address those issues in a meaningful way.
Because leadership is most needed in the face of complex situations or unquantifiable experience, students are not left out from the challenges faced by adults, and in their education, they learn about intractable problems such as economic inequality, global climate change and security issues. Young people also have problems that are particular to youth and their generation such as peer pressure and developing new relationships, and those challenges should be addressed as well.
We need people who have the skills and abilities to work well with others, and to step forward and lead with fresh ideas and initiatives. No matter the subject we teach, it’s important that we support students in developing these core leadership skills to help become great future leaders.
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