Art education is all about celebrating uniqueness. Every teacher is different, every student is different and every school and district is different. However, these differences sometimes require finding a balance that honors the district’s needs, the students’ needs and the teacher’s goals and philosophies.
Finding that balance is what choice-based art education is all about. In this class, you’ll learn about the choice spectrum to give your students more autonomy without losing control. You’ll explore the power of a student-centered curriculum, reflect on how you are currently using choice and set goals. By studying different choice-based approaches (TAB, Montessori, Reggio and others), you will reflect on the pros and cons of different programs and prepare to find solutions that work in your classroom. Assessment, advocacy and management strategies will also be covered.
Participants in this course will need to purchase a copy of the book Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith (2018).