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Katherine Douglas and Diane Jaquith are cofounders of Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., an educational organization that supports teachers who practice choice-based art education.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807749761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807749760
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Retired after 36 years of teaching elementary art in Montgomery County, Maryland and East Bridgewater Massachusetts, she also taught at the Massachusetts College of Art and Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. A co- founder of Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., which supports teachers practicing choice-based art education, Douglas has collaborated in international online educational mentoring projects using technology to connect teachers and students. She is co-author, with Diane Jaquith, of Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom. (Teachers College Press) She is a content provider for http://knowledgeloom.org/tab and co-moderates an art education listserv. Douglas was named Massachusetts Distinguished Art Teacher in 2005.

Douglas is a contributing writer to The Learner-Directed Classroom: Developing Creative Thinking Skills Through Art edited by
Diane B. Jaquith and Nan E. Hathaway (Teachers College Press)

She co moderates an active art education forum
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TAB-ChoiceArtEd/

and a Facebook group page
http://tinyurl.com/2extz79

For more information about Teaching for Artistic Behavior visit
http://teachingforartisticbehavior.org

and
http://www.slideshare.net/katherinedouglas/teaching-for-artistic-behavior-tab

follow Katherine Douglas on Twitter: @twoducks

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Becca Reid on August 18, 2009
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Engaging Learners Through Artmaking

If you're considering shifting to a choice-based artroom (or even just hoping to incorporate more student-centered learning into your curriculum,) this book is a fantastic place to start. Douglas and Jaquith describe in detail how to emphasize students as independent artists and how to set up your classroom for choice. The book clearly lays out which studio centers you'll want to include and what sort of challenges you're likely to run into. Solutions are offered, as well as guidance for fueling and monitoring student progress. Personal narratives from experienced teachers help round out the informative guidebook. An excellent resource!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Sesto on July 24, 2009
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Bravo! This small book represents a giant leap in art education. If you are an art teacher, buy this book if you would like to change your life and enrich the art lives of your students. I switched to the TAB philosophy five years ago in my Montessori mixed age art classes and have never looked back. I'm so impressed with the level of intrinsic motivation, creative decision-making, spontaneous singing, and beaming smiles that emanate from my students while working on their personally meaningful work. As a teacher, one of the greatest gifts this dynamic flexible pedagogy provides is the inspiration and excitement I receive from helping children manifest their creative ideas. I recently had an eighth grade-graduating student remind me of a project she made in fifth grade. Now that's remarkable!! Read this book and find out how to make this possible.

Cameron Sesto
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Merle Marsh on August 22, 2009
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Think about it. How many times have you heard kids (and adults) say, "I'm not good at art" or "I can't draw"? What if these folks had had a choice about their art projects when in school? What if the skills and appreciation of and for art were integrated with students' talents and interests. Makes sense. That's what this book is all about--engaging learners.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on September 7, 2009
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Well written, concise and through! A great introduction to choice based, student centered art teaching! A wonderful resource with lots to think about even if you aren't a choice based teacher. There is a great balance between ideas and practicle suggestions in this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By H. McLean on May 21, 2010
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Well, I must confess the book itself didn't change it, but rather the whole approach to teaching that the book is about - T.A.B. I already knew quite a bit about TAB before I bought the book and by the time it arrived I was worried that it was going to be a) it too focused on elementary art programs and b) stuff I already knew.

The book did not disappoint. The focus is mostly on elementary, but not in a way that makes it useless for middle school (can't speak for highschool though). It really does focus on artistic behaviors and those carry though to the upper grades. It is concise and well organized and actually, reading it after I had already plunged into TAB was very clarifying. The book serves as a great backbone for learning about TAB.

Regarding TAB itself...OH MY I love teaching this way and I will never ever go back to teacher-directed art again unless forced to. I have feel totally reinvigorated. Behavior problems truly have decreased (though not disappeared!) and I feel like I really am grappling with the heart of what it means to be an artist instead of just controlling kids and getting them to all make essentially the same thing all at the same time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kate on August 14, 2011
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Not what I was expecting. I was hoping for more of a "how to" on creating choice based art in the classroom with instructions, case studies and/or demonstrations on creating centers for students and dealing with management of 30 students ect. in a city public school of 30 kids per class.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Art Teacher on March 28, 2013
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A good beginning to this idea. I teach high school art and it would take some doing to completely adapt to this type of classroom, however, I may be able to adapt some individual units to include more choices
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Swank on January 11, 2014
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I have been struggling with the change of teaching college art classes for 10 years and moving to teaching Middle and High School students. In college I found it quite easy to meet the students' needs as well as accreditation with a very creative mix of curriculum. This year I moved to Mexico City to teach at a private school and the change has been difficult to adjust to. I was not seeing the same results and managing the classroom supplies/behavior were overwhelming. It took me about 3 months to fully do this transformation but the results have been amazing. I am so excited to see my students engaged and in many cases begging to stay in class to work. I still have some work to do here, but this book gave me great guidelines to follow with inspiring examples. There are so many resources in the TAB community and it is helping me love teaching, mentoring, and observing my students blossom.
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