On Saturday, December 11th, 2021, we hosted a wonderful workshop with Nicole McAfoose. She shared some fantastic tips and advice around shifting towards choice-based art education, and specifically Teaching for Artistic Bevahior (TAB), including the benefits of doing so. She offered strategies for art educators in various settings and stages to empower students as artists!
Nicole shared her background and her transition to TAB. She talked about what TAB is, how it differs from choice, and degrees of choice. We discussed many practical strategies and advice for scaffolding, assessment and grading, typical class periods, clean up procedures, and opening centers. We also talked about the mindset shift for the whole school community as the art room becomes student-centered.
Nicole McAfoose is a full-choice, elementary art teacher south of Pittsburgh. She received her undergraduate degree from Kent State University and her MA in Art Education from Edinboro University of PA. Always a Choice-Based Art Teacher, she has been teaching art for 10 years and embracing the TAB philosophy for 5 years.
This was a paid workshop and the recording will be shared with all who purchased tickets. Proceeds from tickets allow us to pay guest facilitators and keep our bi-monthly community meetings free. Nicole has generously chosen to donate fees to The Bail Project so fees supported their mission to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system—one person at a time.
Here are the resources and links shared:
- Nicole’s Jamboard
- Big Ideas Art Studio: Pinterest board on TAB
- TAB Facebook group
- Teaching for Artistic Behavior
- Book: Choice Without Chaos by Anne Bedrick
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