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Re: [teacherartexchange] TAB Choice Excitement! Off to a GREAT Start


From: Eileen Ellis (iforget000_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Sep 01 2006 - 18:46:59 PDT

I teach k-8 art in a jammed classroom with a giant paper cutter and no sink.
I have water in 2 igloo containers and the dirty water goes into a
five gallon bucket.
I can't figure out how I would do most of this.
The creative thinking is attainable but having that many K-3 doing their
own thing is terrifiying with only one art period of 40 min per week.
I do have 8 tables but sometimes I have 31 kids.
I can't imagine the clean up at the end of the day.
Kids only do so much and time is a huge factor.
Older kids would be easier but the grades will drop at first.
Any Ideas

On 9/1/06, <> wrote:
> Jayna, I don't recommend starting abruptly second semester. With my principal's encouragement I started doing modified TAB last year, in baby steps from the beginning and increasing the length of the TAB units as the semester (in my case) went on. This is what I figured out worked and am doing it again this year:
> 1) No beginning with dry lessons on EOA/POA--we came out of the gate talking about thinking like an artist, why minimal effort is not art, the importance of presentation, artist's signatures, etc.
> 2) Students who finish assignments before others g into TAB mode while the rest of their classmates catch up (ie, no more 'I'm finished/what do I do now?')
> 3) TAB days are salted throughout the first semester to train them gradually in the idea that they are responsible for being productive and establishing goals for themselves in art.
> 4) Choice into every assignment--for example, my first clay unit will be slab construction, for which the skill requirements will be rolling slabs, joining clay and good glazing technique. I'll show them boxes and mugs/plates and let each choose how s/he wants to satisfy the assignment.
> Linda
> ---- Original message ----
> >Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2006 07:25:58 -0700 (PDT)
> >From: Jayna Huffines <>
> >Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] TAB Choice Excitement! Off to a GREAT Start
> >To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> >
> &gt;Although I don't do TAB Choice right now, I'm soooo
> &gt;intrigued by it and I would love to be able to start
> &gt;second semester. I did some research starting with
> &gt;Incredible Art department, and I found a middle school
> &gt;teacher with whom I hope to start an ongoing
> &gt;conversation, however, most references were to
> &gt;elementary teachers. Are there any others on the list
> &gt;(or off, Judy?) who would be interested in being my
> &gt;"buddy" and answering some specific questions and
> &gt;offer suggestions? Can anyone suggest really good
> &gt;reading material that might help fill in the blanks?
> &gt;Would anyone be willing to let me borrow a good book
> &gt;if I mail them money for postage? Can you tell I'm
> &gt;excited about this? How/where do I start?
> &gt;
> &gt;Jayna in Apex, NC, getting rained on (we needed it!!!)
> &gt;
> &gt;
> &gt;
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