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.)
k-5 Creative Design Teacher
Quotes from students about TAB
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