Artists with Ms. Micayla will use their hands, head, and heart to think, explore, and work like artists. We learn from each other, working artists, and ourselves to create learning opportunities that are filled with critical thinking, fun, and a little weirdness! A major focus of our time together will be about understanding the artistic thinking process, how it looks and feels to make mistakes in a safe environment, and set ourselves up for lifelong learning!
The philosophy guiding our work together is called Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB). TAB is an approach to arts instruction that is learner-centered, choice based, and gives students authentic learning opportunities. Kathy Douglas and Diane Jacquith, the founders of TAB, created a structure of three main principles to guide learning.
The child is the artist.
Each child will be coached to take ownership of their learning. They'll make choices, explore, and have opportunities to work independently and collaboratively. Everyone is different, and through TAB we are able to celebrate those differences and use them to help each other grow. We'll nurture growth mindsets, celebrate tiny victories, and explore with intention.
The classroom is their studio.
The classroom is organized in a variety of centers that artists can access resources and tools from independently. Artists now use critical thinking skills to choose tools and techniques that best express their personal ideas. Risk taking, responsibility, and problem-solving skills are encouraged, discussed, and nurtured.
- Teaching For Artistic Behavior Website http://teachingforartisticbehavior.org/
- Engaging Learners Through Artmaking, Douglas & Jaquith www.amazon.com/Engaging-Learners-Through-Artmaking-Choice-Based/dp/0807749761/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245807481&sr=8-1
- The Learner-Directed Classroom, Jaquith and Hathaway, www.amazon.com/%C2%A0Learner-Directed-Classroom-Developing-Creative-Through%C2%A0Art-ebook/dp/B00GOYV366/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1390161051&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Learner-Directed+Classroom
- Choice Without Chaos, interactive eBook by Anne Bedrick, www.amazon.com/Choice-Without-Chaos-ebook/dp/B009H292EM/ref=pd_ybh_1