From: Robert Belcher
<<As a new high school art teacher, I was wondering about the best way
to introduce the TAB-Choice theory into my classroom this coming
Rebecca gave you some great information. This sort of teaching
presents differently in different settings and at different age levels,
pre-K through high school. We have a large web presence, including
content in a dept. of ed funded promising practice website and an
There is good information there for you and to share with your school
Last spring Diane Jaquith and I wrote a short essay on the things which
tie all these diverse classrooms together and I reprint it below:
"Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a nationally recognized,
standards-based approach to teaching and learning.
Because we believe that artistic behaviors are so numerous and varied,
there is no direct way to teach them. Instead we teach _for_ artistic
behavior. We offer focused instruction in materials, techniques and art
history in a choice-based learning environment. Resources, time and
space are provided to support students as they develop their own
creative process. By setting up proper circumstances, we create
opportunities for a variety of artistic processes to emerge and
flourish, sparked by innate and learned artistic behaviors nurtured
within each child.
Instruction takes many forms:
1. focused five minute whole group demonstrations each week.
2. one on one instruction
3. peer coaching
4. Indirect teaching through resources in organized studio centers
The job of the artist is to have an idea and find the best material to
express it, or to find a material that leads to an idea."