Posted on 03/14/2019 at 09:16 PM by Blog Experts

Visual art teachers utilize self-reflection daily for personal assessment. How could I have done this differently? What materials do I have in the classroom that can be utilized to enhance a project? How can I get my students to focus on building art skills instead of focusing on a grade?

Sometimes it keeps me up at night, but I’m constantly adapting the learning experiences in my classroom for the individual needs and interests of my students. It’s my modus operandi; looking for ways to keep students engaged in meaningful learning experiences and building student agency.

I started the Teaching Artistic Behaviors (TAB) transition in my classes three years ago, simultaneously focusing on Competency Based Education (CBE). Immediately I realized the CBE/TAB mindset renewed my passion for teaching and student agency increased dramatically. I’ve learned that TAB pairs well with CBE in high school, and I will never go back!

During this journey I’ve frequently referred back to this article by Jessica Balsley, Where are you on the choice spectrum? (Balsley, 2014). This article has been a catalyst for continued exploration in providing voice and choice in my classroom. It’s a quick read to help you assess where you are on the Choice Spectrum, where you want to be as an art educator, and how you can best meet the needs of your students.  Use the Choice Scale to explore personal teaching styles and new ideas to invigorate your classes. This is a good resource to broaden your artistic horizons and keep the momentum going through the last months of the school year.

As you focus on Creating, Performing/Producing/Presenting, Responding and Connecting success, consider integrating more choice into your curriculum.

Enjoy the journey!

Balsley, J. (20017). Where are you on the choice spectrum? The Art of Education University. Retrieved from


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