TAB classrooms should have visuals posted for students to refer to. Over the past few months, I found that my students were not using the visual aids. I removed all the posters from my room except for the 8 Studio Habits. I just wanted time to rethink visual aids and what would work best for my students.
I knew that I wanted to use technology and Seesaw. After some experimentation, I finally found a solution! I made a Google Slides with the steps.
Think of all the possibilities!
Here is a finished visual aid in my room. It was easy to create. I hung it inside my cabinet near the clay shelf.
Visit the Seesaw Blog to view the images I created for the clay center.
I'm ready to make a big jump into QR coding my classroom. I decided to start simple. I wanted to create small explanations on how to use each center. I will use these videos to introduce centers, help new students, and reinforce artistic behaviors with younger students.
I found these plastic frame at Office Depot for $2.00. I bought about 10 of them. I like them because they stand out at the center, and I can easily change them when needed.
I start my year with drawing. So, I made my first video about the drawing center. When students scan in they go straight to this video. I am very excited about the possibilities that QR codes can bring into the TAB art room. I have so many ideas! More to come on this subject.
I have been teaching TAB for over two year now. I remember the day I had the "Ah-ha moment". I was stuck in a rut. I was teaching the same lessons. I struggled to get students to finish projects because of schedule restraints. I could even tell that my students were bored!
I started to do some research online and came across TAB. I was completely intrigued. I knew that TAB would be a great fit for my students and myself. I bought "Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom" by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith. This book was a great source to help me get started.
It was a slow slow start! I didn't anticipate how much time it would take for the kids to get the hang of a TAB environment. But, I noticed an immediate change in thinking. It was wonderful to see my students apply their own thinking skills, and not create a project that was a copy of my own! (I added Studio Habits in after the students felt comfortable with TAB. Which my students love the habits! They are easy to understand and universal.)
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