We inherently know that as individuals we learn by doing. Yes, we need to listen to instruction and watch demonstrations, but at the end of the day we truly understand by being involved. I say this because more and more I see students waiting for others to do for them. When they reach a point of confusion in art class, they immediately want someone (i.e. an adult) to either help- or better- do it for them. That is the last thing we should do.
What I am suggesting is that as humans when we experience that small frustration- it is at that exact moment when we are learning. The act of pushing through that frustration and coming out the other side with the answer is the act of learning. It is imperative that students have these experiences. Sometimes it is uncomfortable, but it reinforces that fact that if we strive and persevere, we can achieve. It may sound like a bumper sticker, but it is true. If we, as adults, constantly step in and do for them, we are doing them a disservice.
We do, however, need to help and encourage them through the process. The following are some strategies I have used in class and they have worked. Most of the time students can answer their own question. Here are some ideas:
Children need to be empowered to get their own information and answer their own questions. We must stop this disease. If we structure our lessons and teaching to encourage thoughtful reflection, we can.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.