Literature at Play Workshop

Arts Education Benefits: Problem Solving

The arts are essential to education. Engaging young people in the arts has a positive impact on their cognitive, emotional and social development. This week we explore one of the many arts education benefits: Problem Solving!

Problem Solving: the process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues

At its core any art is one big problem that needs to be solved. For example, having a blank page and figuring out what to write on it is a problem in itself. Students in arts education are constantly solving problem and by doing so, are building other important skills like reasoning.

Did you know?

  • Students who study the arts score higher than their peers on tests measuring their ability to analyze information and solve complex problems and are more likely to approach problems with patience and persistence.
  • Introducing children to problem solving teaches them to manage frustration, uncertainty and ambiguity with innovative ideas and solutions
  • Problem Solving is considered one of several desired 21st Century skills

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.” – Duke Ellington  

During a Literature at Play residency students are asked to create a story and then step into their characters. They have to figure out not only what their character is feeling but also how to portray that feeling to the audience.

“It’s really hard to come up with words that make sense. Songs do not come easily.” – Student who participated in Literature at Play

“At first the kids were reluctant to give in, but they learned to respect each other, work together and cooperate as a class.” – 3rd Grade Teacher whose class participated in Literature at Play

Next week we’ll explore one of the best arts education benefits: Fun!

Sources:
Problem Solving Information
Problem Solving Statistics


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