- Devise an alternative art activity that is so basic, it shows the student up.
- It highlights a disability or learning need that might make the student feel singled out.
- Being overzealous with prompting that makes the student feel pushed into a corner.
- Match the art activity with the student’s ability.
- Make sure the art exercises are sufficiently clear that the student knows exactly what is expected.
- Take caution the student is not singled out because of a learning need, disability, cultural or gender difference.
- Devise an ILP (individual learning plan) that sets out clear and precise goals and in small increments. This must be agreed with the student. If confidentiality is preferred, the student may fulfil the ILP at home. (Devising an ILP for the art student is an involved process and is covered in another article.)
- Make sure the learning objectives are sufficiently flexible to permit differentiation, from the gifted student to the beginner.
- Ensure the student experiences success in learning to instill a positive leaning experience. Give praise whenever the opportunity arises and offer encouragement.
- Establish a preferred learning style. A student might prefer to be given instructions than to be left alone on a self-discovery in creativity.
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