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Unit Paper 4

Authors Freyermuth (2012) and Douglas & Jaquith (2009) spoke about having intrinsic

motivation in the classroom by providing their students with limitless opportunities in their

creativity. Students are provided with Choice-Based art that expands their artistic behaviors

through demonstrations and planned studio centers. Play allows students to construct their

ideas in an open environment that develops their own independence in their artwork. This

entitles students to a Vulnerability in their conscious to create artwork from their heart. The

ideology of Play can be a very positive concept for classrooms. According to Freyermuth

(2012) Holistic Approach requires finely turned perceptual and intuitive skills on the part of

the teacher. One must be ever watchful for the subtle signs, passing remarks, body language, and

manners of working that suggest what individuals may be struggling with, uncertain about, or

tentatively attempting. Students working on dry clay project may have uncertainty with the

outcome of their work but several minutes later students would begin to create their visually

idea. The project outcome varies from student to student based off their personality. Teachers

have to be mindful of their response to their students mistakes because what seems like a mistake

can be opportunity for growth. In my experience working as an teacher assistant students who

make mistakes can learn throughout the process of the art studio. When we teach for artistic

behavior, children are constantly engaged in authentic learning experiences where they must

apply their knowledge to their work (Douglas & Jaquith;2009. Play and Choice-Based art

provides students the opportunity to work freely in safe environment that encourage their own

artistic behaviors.

The Play and Choice-Based art would be wonderful element to add in my research

project for my Masters program. I would observe variety of classrooms that would use the

theory of Play and Choice-Based art for their students. Based off my observation I would

develop a thesis that would present the psychological process of how it affects the learning curve

for elementary students. This would later help me in my Doctoral program in Educational

Leadership and policy which help create policies in the educational field. Those policies would

correlated with Play and Choice-Based theory to improve the teaching strategies in the

classroom. Teachers would be able to use those theories in other subjects like math, science, and

history to engage more students in the lesson.