WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?
It’s simple: Students are artists
and the classroom is their studio!
Real choices are offered for
responding to their own ideas
and interests through art making.
Children often ﬁnd greater
relevance in their work when
given a chance to explore their
own ideas, interests, and
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF A
TAB CHOICE ART ROOM
student is the artist
control subject matter,
beliefs drive work
This concept supports multiple modes of learning to meet the
diverse needs of all students and contributes to 21st Century Skill
sets desired by employers.
ACCORDING TO THE PARTNERSHIP FOR 21ST
The Arts are considered a
core subject area.
Learning and innovation are
recognized as the skills that
separate students who are
prepared for complex life and
work environments in the 21st
They believe that a focus on
creativity, critical thinking,
communication and collaboration
is essential to prepare students for
Speciﬁcs on these skills are found here:
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
SUGGESTS THAT STUDENTS...
should develop more than just
thinking skills and content
They should be able to:
Adapt to Change
Manage Goals and Time
Be Self Directed Learners
Interact Effectively with
Work in Diverse Teams
Guide and Lead Others
Be Responsible to Others
Habits of Mind
Develop Craft: Learning to use tools, materials, artistic conventions; and learning to care for tools, materials, and space.
MANY CHOICE TEACHERS USE THE 8 STUDIO HABITS
OF MIND FRAMEWORK
Engage & Persist: Learning to embrace problems of relevance within the art world and/or of personal importance, to develop
focus conducive to working and persevering at tasks.
Envision: Learning to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed and imagine possible next steps in making a piece.
Express: Learning to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning.
TAB TEACHERS SUPPORT EACH
OTHER, SHARE, AND LEARN
JOIN THE ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY
To learn more about TAB and choice-based teaching and learning
visit our Yahoo Group, TAB-ChoiceArtEd
& VISIT THEM ON FACEBOOK!
Midwest TAB Art Teachers
TAB Room Design
Engaging Learners Through Artmaking
by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith
The Learner-Directed Classroom,
Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art
Edited by Diane B. Jaquith and Nan E. Hathaway
How Children Make Art
by George Szekely
E-Book: Choice Without Chaos
by Anne Bedrick
an E-book by Anne Bedrick
YOU CAN TEACH FOR
Start small and build up. Talk to others who have done
it. Read everything you can get your hands on. Look at
photos, blogs, and Facebook.