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.)
LISTEN to students and me on the Podcast:
Mrs. Jessi Ruby
k-5 Creative Design Teacher
Quotes from students about TAB