I’ve been at this TAB thing in my classroom for about 2 weeks. I have implemented it in my Art 1, and my Art 2. My ceramic classes aren’t quite there yet, but they will be. I started Art 2 first on the TAB path. I showed short demos and had them practice using the techniques. We talked about out main theme of man/machine. I plan on revisiting tomorrow.
I feel I made some mistakes in my approach, so after a week of monster pinch pots and bobble heads in Art 1, I had a chance to have a mulligan. I changed how I had them practice. And after the first day, I even added a practice exercise that I didn’t do with my Art 2.
As I go along, I am learning just as much, if not more than my students. I think that is important in the TAB classroom. You have to be flexible. You have to take a step back and re-evaluate. And, if you are lucky, like I am, you can get a mulligan and try a new way within a few days and not have to wait until the next unit in a few weeks to try something new.
However, as I watched my Art 2 students finished the final practice before re-visiting our brainstorm session of man/machine, I felt that how I was having them practice just wasn’t right. I feel they weren’t really having a good go at the different techniques/media. I plan on finishing up with Art 1 how I completed Art 2, but over the course of the next few weeks, I will come up with some new ideas on how to practice. Because hey, what worked at one time may not work at another time. That’s just how the TAB classroom works.
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” -Frederick Douglass
“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” -Winston Churchill
“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living. ” -Gail Sheehy