Musicians’ First Teachers: What can educators do to sustain interest?
What can the teacher do to inculcate interest? What responsibility does the teacher have to sustain interest? If there is a way to teach that can be effective, don’t teachers have a moral obligation to teach that way?
In general, findings from studies of interest suggest that educators can (a) help students sustain attention for tasks even when tasks are challenging—this could mean either providing support so that students can experience a triggered situational interest or feedback that allows them to sustain attention so that they can generate their own curiosity questions; (b) provide opportunities for students to ask curiosity questions; and (c) select or create resources that promote problem solving and strategy generation.