|Tore a self portrait to distort it and now it kinda creeps me out!|
I haven't posted much lately because I haven't been super excited about my most recently completed lessons. I fell into trying to stick with a more traditional style and do the sorts of lessons that are more similar to my PLC. There is nothing wrong with how the other K-6 Art teachers in my district teach, they are all wonderful educators, I just feel my philosophy shifting.
So, while I ruminate on all of this, here's my "in the meantime plan". I always feel better when I have a plan.
- Keep asking questions and finding answers. TAB teachers seem to be enthusiastic and willing to answer questions without judging. Utilize resources to learn more.
- Order some TAB books- especially Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith
- Find more TAB blogs to follow!
- Talk to one of my principals about a trial period with TAB. Maybe try it for a semester and evaluate?
- Find out what the new state standards for Visual Arts will look like.
- Find compromises. Best of both worlds?
- Quit worrying about being traditional, what everyone else is doing, and how they're doing it. Do what feels right within the structure. Stretch beyond DBAE and incorporate more choices.
- If it's a "have-to" project, follow up with more freedom.
- Give choices in materials when subject matter is predetermined or choices in subject matter when materials are predetermined.
- Work on a tentative plan for stepping into TAB or at least a modified version. Consider how to set up classroom as a studio.