As TAB teachers we are constantly empowering our students to take ownership of their learning. We give them the freedom to research, explore, and develop their ideas in their classroom. We provide them the space an structure to follow the artistic process. Most of us still provide our students with demos to help them grow as artists. In my experience these demos have been very teacher directed. Over the years I have started to question this approach and wondered how I can further involve my students in this process.
After teaching paper sculpture techniques for the 100th time an idea clicked. What if I have my students discover the processes and techniques that I wanted them to learn?
After shifting this demo and many others to demos based off of discovery I found that more students were actively engaged and that they had a deeper understanding of the process.
Here is a link to several of those challenges that I have found online or created myself.
Often times teachers mistakenly use TAB and Choice interchangeably. There is a huge difference between the two and we need to be cautious with our language. I have been guilty of this especially when I was first starting my transition from teacher directed to student directed. The TAB philosophy is growing in popularity but often I see posts that use it as a catchphrase or may miss the main points of TAB.
True TAB revolves around the three sentence curriculum.
In a TAB classroom. Students are provided the space, techniques, and media to let their ideas flourish. Structures are set up to allow the students be successful and take ownership in their learning but the ideas and work come directly from the students.
A choice based curriculum will give students a wide variety of choices but often there is still a strong teacher voice. Teachers may suggest themes, provide prompts, or have students work in specific media or with specific techniques. The amount of choice that the teacher provides my fluctuate from minimal choice to full choice.
As we post and talk about our classrooms keep in mind the language that we use and how it will be viewed to new TAB teachers. We need to make sure that we are not spreading misconceptions to our colleagues.
Mr. Kelly Beach
As an art teacher, it is my goal that every student will leave my classroom with transferable skills that will allow them to be successful in whatever career path they choose. It is my mission to teach students to make careful observations of the world around them, find problems that need to be solved, envision a solution, and engage and persist through the problem solving process while constantly reflecting on their work and progress. Students are enabled to embrace their strengths and interests while sharing their own skills and ideas with their classmates. Through a Teaching for Artistic Behavior process, students embrace leadership positions and become teachers themselves. I feel that it is my job to encourage students to take risks, step outside of their comfort zone, explore new possibilities, and express their individual view of the world through the art making process.