Looking for feedback:
I currently teach 6th through 8th grade students in Colorado. Class sizes are 38-42. This semester I am teaching in a standard high school core classroom while my building is being finished. I am not allowed to do anything messy that might damage the room. Currently I offer my students cardboard sculpture, drawing with pencil, marker, colored pencil, blocks, digital art through their Chromebooks. This is only the second year that our school is in existence. Only a few of my students had me last year. The majority of others have not had art before or if they did it lacked freedom of choice. Up to this point in the semester students have covered the 8 SHoMs as well as the artistic thinking process and a few media demos. Many students grasp what it means to be in a TAB classroom (What do artists do? They are the artist! The room is their studio, with limitations) Those that struggle are really looking for guidance. Without completely giving them the answers as well as maintaining the TAB philosophy I created the attached Google doc. The doc has our required Know/Do/Show that are tied to Colorado Standards. I feel that this will allow freedom for those that get it while providing guidance that are still finding there way. I'm hoping that a few of you can take a look and give me pros/cons with this system. I really just need a second or hundredth set of eyes. I do know that I don't want to provide themes and feel that this may be where I need to go.
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.