Can you imagine a society with no art? No form of creative expression? Inherent in human beings is the desire to create and the desire to express. As teachers we would be amiss if we did not provide outlets for students to let their creativity shine. Creativity is a vital part of solving problems and to develop creativity is to develop problem solving skills. To exclude art is to remove a part of the human spirit.
Have you ever sat through a lecture and suddenly realized that you had no idea what was being presented? Maybe some keyword triggered your mind to wander off topic and you started daydreaming, maybe you can’t picture what exactly the speaker is trying to explain and have become frustrated, or maybe the lesson just wasn’t geared toward teaching you as an individual. There have never been two students who are exactly alike in every way, yet so many classrooms operate as if every student can be taught with the same one-size-fits-all methods. Enter the differentiated classroom where learning is centered on the student, rather than the material and more students can learn in a way that best meets their needs.
A wise man once told me that we can only discipline to the extent that we love. The beauty of this statement is that it challenges the one who is disciplining to love the one being disciplined. Discipline, when done effectively, is a crucial part of shaping a child into a well adjusted adult. What is effective discipline in the classroom and how does one recognize it? Effective discipline in the classroom is consistent, logical, brings about an awareness of how one’s actions affect others, and is focused on ensuring that the one being disciplined knows what is expected of him or her.