I thought I'd post a few of the things that came up in our productive discussion about why the writers wrote the book Studio Thinking. These are just the things I recorded in my book, so I hope others who were with me can add more that I missed.
1. The Studio Habits are a new language for things we are already doing, or aiming to do, as art teachers. However, they may be more than a language. They can be a focus or an awareness for teachers around how to ENSURE the product of art education is the child and not the artwork. If an arts teacher is actively and consciously teaching all of the habits, then the product is definitely the child. SHOM makes teachers more reflective about their practice.
2. The Habits may be a new way to look at grades or to grade student work, or even to enter grades. If we grade based on the habits and not only on skills the students have grasped, then we may have a truthful way to enter more grades for students, as CPS is requiring at the high school level.
3. The Studio Habits may be a good way to bring the arts to other subject areas by empowering non-arts teachers to look at teaching the arts in a new way, with a new set of criteria. For instance, many content area teachers seem to always say that they can't teach art because "they can't draw". Well, SHOM would be a way for them to understand how they could teach art or creative concepts, without knowing everything about the craft. More like understanding... art is communication.
4. SHOM would be a good way to frame/think through a lesson or unit, by focusing on certain habits.
5. The SHOM have the potential to help (arts) teachers build a common vocabulary around things that are meaningful and things that we want to assess. This common language will make discussions and collaborations among us easier, and will also be a way for us to market and share what we do.
6. If shared with students, SHOM will be a way for those art students to understand that even though they may not be good at the develop craft portion of the habits, that they have gifts in other areas that are of EQUAL importance to the creative mind and to artistic endeavors.
What did I miss!??