I agree with you. You do have a situation where TAB may be impossible to
implement. The only thing I can suggest is to improve the situation. Teachers
do need good working conditions to do an effective job. Even at the university
level I encounter these challenges. We can only do so much. The
administration must do its part in providing classrooms that are conducive to
effective teaching and learning. Sounds like you are doing the best you can.
One idea is to present your vision to your administrator and ask for help to
implement this vision. Getting a sink would be a good first step. There may
be other things you need to do your work effectively. Make a list and work the
Your situation sounds like my first few years teaching at the elementary school.
I didn't have a room. I was on an AV cart. The curriculum was constrained by
what I could get on the cart. I even had stairs to navigate. I had 900
students who loved art. I went to the PTA. They got the funds together to
complete an unfinished classroom. I moved in the next year. Even though I had
no tables, sink or cabinets, we had our own room. Things got better each year.
I had to remind myself, I was doing the best I could do. I had to put a lot of
idealistic ideas out of my head just to survive. When I started reaching out
and letting others help it got better. It was never great, but it was better.
When trying to improve your situation, always look at how far you have come.
This will help when you see how far you still need to go.
Quoting Eileen Ellis <email@example.com>:
> 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, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> 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
> > 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > >Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] TAB Choice Excitement! Off to a GREAT
> > >To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> > >
> > >Although I don't do TAB Choice right now, I'm soooo
> > >intrigued by it and I would love to be able to start
> > >second semester. I did some research starting with
> > >Incredible Art department, and I found a middle school
> > >teacher with whom I hope to start an ongoing
> > >conversation, however, most references were to
> > >elementary teachers. Are there any others on the list
> > >(or off, Judy?) who would be interested in being my
> > >"buddy" and answering some specific questions and
> > >offer suggestions? Can anyone suggest really good
> > >reading material that might help fill in the blanks?
> > >Would anyone be willing to let me borrow a good book
> > >if I mail them money for postage? Can you tell I'm
> > >excited about this? How/where do I start?
> > >
> > >Jayna in Apex, NC, getting rained on (we needed it!!!)
> > >
> > >
> > >
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