I completed writing the first unit plan to start the year for kindergarten and 1st grade. The unit will focus on share and care in the studio. Yes! I start my littlest students with TAB or student-directed learning immediately because they are natural artists. They know how to play, and create-I simply develop plans to inspire and model the expected studio behavior.
Below is a flow chart that illustrates how I create a TAB lesson plan. (Read the original blog post here)
For little artists, I try to center everything around play that being "What do artists do". I build and develop the studio to foster the play and artmaking using developmentally appropriate practices.
Writing a TAB Lesson Plan by Jessi Ruby
Unit 1: Share & Care
What do artists do?
I am building units with "Artist's Toolbox". An "Artist's Toolbox" will be the overarching theme of students learning, or the purpose of the learning. They are defining attributes of artists or "what do artists do".
Some examples are:
Artists envision the next steps in artmaking.
I am interested in building artists. I need for my students to have the tools to use to become artists. The idea is that the "Artist's Toolbox" will be built on continuously, and students can identify what tools they need to complete artmaking tasks. These also align with Studio Habits of the Mind (Hetland, Winner, Veenema & Sheridan, 2013).
Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is student-directed learning, so it may feel confusing to on how to develop a lesson plan for a student driven environment. (I remember this when I first started my transition TAB!) Teachers live in a world of accountability. It is possible to write a TAB lesson plan. It is just a different perspective. A few things to remember when writing a TAB lesson plan:
1) Honor students' ideas and aesthetic: I believe that my lessons are demonstrations or inspirations for artmaking, I want to see my students' interpretation and perspective. I am giving them the tools and space to create in their way. I ensure that my lesson leave room for students' voice.
2) Use studio time to give support: I use the studio time to give students' additional support. If I know a student is interested in creating turtles from clay, I will give this student resources and a clay demonstrations to aid in the creating. Studio time is essential to small group and individual instruction.
3) Lesson plans rely on structures: In this first unit, I teach many structures and routines to students. I keep these structures all year long but vary the activities depending on the learning.
The unit plan is below for download.
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