Arts teachers face a broad diversity of learners in their classrooms every day. Students come into the classroom with a wide range of experiences and skills in the art form. They come from different cultural and economic backgrounds. They come with different learning styles. Some come with special needs.
Culturally responsive teaching fosters understanding of and respect for students of different cultural backgrounds, and makes use of students' culture, language, and prior experiences. Arts teachers need to develop relationships with students that honor and reflect their interests, the knowledge they already possess, and their unique talents and strengths.
Successful high school arts teachers address the diverse needs of their students by:
- Recognizing the unique talents and skills of each student
- Responding to different learning styles
- Acknowledging cultural and economic diversity
- Adapting instruction for students with special challenges