Posted by: dbjaquith | January 18, 2016

Teaching for Artistic Behavior

TAB_Un1Last Saturday a group of art teachers happily joined together for an all-day “unconference” on the topic of Teaching for Artistic Behavior at the McDevitt Middle School in Waltham, MA.

Kathleen Flynn and Susan Bivona look at Katie McCabe's "High Five" assessments.

Kathleen Flynn and Susan Bivona look at Katie McCabe’s “High Five” assessments.

“What’s an unconference?” you ask. An unconference is a focused gathering of individuals where no one has to prepare any powerpoints, lectures or handouts. Instead, the day’s sessions are determined on-the-spot, with attendees proposing ideas based on their interests and questions. Breakout sessions were held around the school with teachers sharing their best practices, asking each other for advice and gaining new strategies.

“What’s Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)?” you ask. TAB is both a philosophy and an organization. As philosophy, Teaching for Artistic Behavior means facilitating classroom design and instruction to empower children to make their own art because the child (not the teacher) is the artist. As an organization TAB supports and advocates for arts educators who facilitate for learner-directed artmaking through choice-based art education.

TAB teachers listen to Colleen Haley describe her middle school TAB practice.

TAB teachers listen to Colleen Haley describe her middle school TAB practice.

Our lively groups’ professional discussions on Saturday included:

  • Expectations for social and artistic behaviors
  • Reluctant learners
  • Objectives and goals
  • Modified Choice
  • Studio Centers
  • Motivational language
  • Recontextualized hand turkeys (thanks to Lisa Grize)!

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