In order to create an engaging and interactive learning environment for students, there must be common goals and expectations. Classroom management is key to both teacher and student success. If there is not clear instructions and understanding of assignments and responsibilities, students will not be able to reach their full potential in the classroom.
There are several ways to guide students that will improve the classroom dynamics while engaging in art. First, a teacher must determine what rules that are necessary in the classroom and clearly communicate to the students these expectations as well as the consequences of not meeting the requirements. Once the expectations have been established and shared with the class, the students can choose to follow rules or not. They have the ability to determine their own outcome.
It is then the job of the teacher follow through by requiring the students to stay within the established boundaries. Fairness is also another important aspect in a teacher’s role in classroom management. Teachers must apply the rules to all students equally in order for clarity, consistency, and understanding. Students in a classroom must know that the same rules and the same consequences for not meeting those rules apply to everyone.
By establishing clear boundaries and following through both consistently and fairly when expectations are not met, the teacher creates an environment that is conducive to learning. Students are then more likely to direct their time and energy on creating art rather than testing boundaries. When classroom time is used for artwork instead of correcting behavioral issues, students begin to explore and experiment with their work and teachers can spend time building their skill sets and expanding their knowledge of art.