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Instructional Strategies

Motivation

Ultimately, a fine arts education encourages students to become lifelong learners who are motivated by internal drives to know, do, and accomplish. While extrinsic motivators—grades and other motivating strategies that do not directly communicate how and why art is valuable—can be useful teaching aids, they can be over-used and draw students' attention away from the lasting benefits of creating artistic works. The use of intrinsic motivators—motivation techniques that cultivate belief in the integral value of learning—is central to fostering a student's self-direction in art.

The following instructional strategies are intended to help fine arts teachers cultivate intrinsic motivation in their students. Make art personally relevant:

Foster creative thinking and learning and utilize students’ curiosity:

Teach independence, responsibility, and self-direction:

Practice constructive assessment:

Recognize and document student achievement: