What is your goal as an art teacher? Do you want to help build students who know how to be self-directed, find joy in their work, and are able to recognize emerging possibilities in all kinds of situations?
Teaching with choice is in the best interest of students. It not only respects them as learners, but it also helps them to develop traits we value in adults; creativity, perseverance, flexibility, self-expression, and diligence. An art class built around choice is the perfect place to develop skills for an ambiguous and ever-changing world. Rather than follow a teacher’s “recipe” for artwork that is supposed to look a certain way, students test their own hypotheses. “What happens if I press hard? How many different colors can I make using blue? Is there a way to make this move?” As a result, they understand why they are doing what they are doing and engage much more deeply with their learning.
Through text, photos, and movies this interactive iPad book will help you understand how to lay the foundation for successfully teaching with choice.
About the Author
Anne has spoken at both national and state conferences about teaching with choice. She currently teaches choice to grades K-4 at the Rye Country Day School in New York.
Great starter guide to choice
I personally have been teaching modified choice at the middle school level for years, but I was excited to gain some new insights and tips in this book. I was not disappointed. It was a quick read for me, but one that i will return to, and continue to highlight and make notes as I start my classroom set up for this school year. It is also inspiring me to do some writing of my own to share how this style of teaching art can also work for the ever mercurial tween set.
She had me at the intro
The very first paragraph in the introduction spoke to me and my experience teaching choice based art. Into my second year of choice art in middle school I could completely identify with the author's concerns about articulating the concepts behind this way of teaching. Now I have another great text about Teaching for Artistic Behavior and I suspect it will become one of my most used references.
Using the iBook format brings the book to life by videos of the art room, conversations, children's voices, student galleries and a really great note taking function. This book is articulate and well researched, engaging and beautiful to look at and listen to.
This is an incredible resource!
Choice without Chaos is like having Anne standing in front you ready to answer all your questions on how she facilitates a choice based classroom. I had the privilege of seeing her speak at the NAEA conference in New York last March. I had so many questions for her after the lecture that I wanted to follow her home. I have made the switch to choice and am so very excited to have this wonderful resource and in such an extremely user friendly format.Thank you Anne for creating such and incredible resource and taking us on this journey with you!!