are coached to employ 10 important learning strategies: TRY, TRY AGAIN,
TRY A NEW WAY, GO SLOW, STEP-BY-STEP, STOP AND VISUALIZE, WATCH, WAIT,
READ, AND LISTEN. These are tools that can be used throughout a
student's life in any curriculum. By the end of the residency, all
students will know these strategies and have had experiences using them
Learning is successful when students are:
1) motivated to learn, 2) know the goal, 3) know how to measure
progress, and 4) know when the goal is acheived. Circus arts fulfill
all 4 criteria. Students know the trick they are attempting, know when
they need more work, and know when they have achieved their goal. They gain a
solid sense of accomplishment. What’s more, they are totally
motivated because it’s fun!
Other advantages of circus arts:
- Unlike competitive sports, the circus process is inherently cooperative.
- Can be done anywhere; don’t have to assemble a team or have a playing field;
- Inclusive; something for everyone, of any skill level;
limit to how much can be acheived; there’s always another level
to reach; yet levels are incremental allowing for sustainable progress
without long periods of non-success;
- Satisfies a paradox: the student’s simultaneous need for individual expression and the need to fit in with a group;
- Students engage problem-solving skills and develop patience and concentration.
- As students progress, they are eager to teach other students, thus further enhancing their self-image and esteem.
- Circus arts help awaken qualities of problem solving and will power that will be called upon in adulthood.