It was cold, it was windy, it was Saturday...morning, and yet ten art teachers from as far away as Orleans county gathered in the CBMS art studio to talk TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior.) By meeting to share ideas, innovations, struggles, successes, and questions, these art teachers engage in creating their own professional development, targeted to their own needs.
Although we met for 2 ½ hours, it was not enough time to cover all the topics raised. Follow-up happens after; in emails, through online posts to the TAB Yahoo Group, on TAB Facebook and among peers back at our own schools. Here is the list of topics that were raised:
- Teach Concept or Content? What % of each?
- Do you have to be an artist to be an art teacher?
- Fostering imagination through play - what do you think?
- Talk/Show and tell - Career Screen! Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS)
- Managing getting work up on display regularly
- Quantity over Quality
- Challenging Self
- Overcoming Teacher Aesthetic Elitism
- Persistance (or lack of) - How to influence students who give up too easily
- Stuck Students - only do one thing over and over
We called this meeting TAB 2.0 because this time, we focused on issues of teachers who already have a measure of experience teaching in a Choice-Based setting. Next time, we will again open the gathering to all who are interested in learning and sharing about TAB at all levels.