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Casey Kieng

Dr. Ward
Art 133 05/06
19 October 2017
Unit Paper 4

Play can be beneficial by helping students develop understandings of art (Szekely, 2011).

Play can also come off as a choice-based and learner-directed technique. It is in play that a

sense of design, taste, and art interests is born. Through play children begin to discover their

future in art; they test potential tools, surfaces, and find new perspectives that sustain a lifetime

of artmaking (Szekely, 2011, p. 133). With a full choice teaching style, students have their own

choice when creating artwork (Douglas, 2009). With full choice, teachers allow the students to

choose the content and media they want to work with (Douglas, 2009). Students are problem

finders and problem solvers; students have full ownership of process, direction, outcomes

(Douglas, 2009, p. 22). Through play, students have a choice and is a learner through playing

with the different contents and different media outlets.

I learned the difference between the three teaching styles: no choice, modified choice,

and full choice. Imagining myself as future educator, I would utilize the modified choice

teaching style. I believe I can allow the students to still play with art and learn although Im not

giving them full choice. With modified choice, I can choose the content and the students can

choose the media or vice versa. I am interested in teaching second graders and one example of

how Id utilize modified choice when teaching about Martin Luther King, Jr. is directing the

students to create a piece relating to MLK but they can use the media outlets they want. With

this, the students can also play around with the different techniques to ultimately create a piece

related to MLK.

Douglas, K. M., & Jaquith, D. B. (2009). Engaging learners through artmaking: Choice based

art education in the classroom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Szekely, G. (2011). Testing the world through play and art. In D. B. Jaquith & N. E. Hathaway

(Eds.), The learner directed classroom: Developing creative thinking skills through art

(pp. 64-76). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.