Alyssa Boyer: Blog II

How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?

This internship has helped me grow as a teacher in many ways. I believe one of the biggest things it has done for me is helped me become more confident as a teacher and in my lessons. I have grown in both teaching lessons and addressing behaviors. Before I was nervous to take action when it came to addressing unwanted behaviors, however, I am now gaining the confidence to do this and take action.

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What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?

Through my internship I have been working with another pre-ECE teacher to plan and teach lessons. I have learned the importance of teamwork with teaching. Before I believed that teaching was something that you had to plan by yourself. Now through the internship I am understanding that communication with other teachers can be just as important as the work that you do directly with the children.

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

The thing that makes me the happiest about teaching is seeing that the children get excited about the lessons I have planned for them. I love watching their faces light up when they are experiencing a lesson they enjoy doing. In the infant room I can even see that the infants get excited with new experiences that I provide for them.

What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?

I would like to work on trying to find more of a variety of art lessons. I enjoy doing crafts with the children but have really only managed to do painting lessons. I have also only done a couple music and movement lessons, so adding some more of those types of lessons to step out of my comfort zone would be a goal of mine.

 

Hana Buttles: Blog II

How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?

In the beginning of this internship I was worried about classroom management and working with a new type of people. I feel that through this internship I have become much more confident and comfortable working with a more intimidating group of individuals. I have been able to adapt my way of teaching to work with inmates in a way that encourages their growth while respecting them as adults. I have learned when to put my foot down for classroom management and when to let some things slide, picking your battles is very important.

What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?

Every day in this internship I am reminded that my job is not to assign projects and keep control, it is to guide in creativity. A lot of the times I get caught up in what I am teaching as far as skills but in this format of class there is such a wide range of skill level that I need to think more of the overall lesson as far as emotional growth in the project. I can then take time to work with small groups or individuals to build fundamental skills of art where it is needed. I am much less a teacher of skills but a facilitator of growth.

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

Honestly I could have never expected this level of respect that I get from inmates. I came into this internship intimidated and found something that I am so passionate about. I want to look into this as a possible career in the future. This experience rekindled my excitement for teaching and gave me a wider view of possible futures.

What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?

I would like to work on improving some of the participation in my class. There are some students who come in and simply refuse to do anything and I want this program to be available to people who actually want to grow. I want to create a way to monitor progress and to also give more of a significant recognition for completing the program.

Elizabeth Rosendahl: Blog II

How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?

I have learned so much about working with children from different ages and how they interpret various instruction in different ways. I like how each Sunday the children come to class and are excited to see how the mosaic has progressed. I also like how I am able to show them different tiling methods. I have become more experienced with children who have a shorter attention span. This is evident in the multiple techniques I use to engage them in the activity. I also have grown in my knowledge and understanding of mosaics and because of that I am able to instruct the children more effectively. I love being able to see how much they have grown (skill-wise) over the semester.

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What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?

I have learned better ways to interact with children who are younger and have a more difficult time staying focused. I discovered that the students respond really well to encouragement and positive reinforcements, it helps them remain motivated to continue working on the project. I found that breaks can also help them by allowing them time to release their energy and when they come back from their short break, they are more focused.

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

I like the fact that the children are excited to see me when they come to class, it makes me happy to know that I’m bringing them joy. Seeing the processes in which they work and create art is so much fun. I love seeing them be creative and coming up with unique ideas. I like hearing what they have to say about certain things as well, it’s interesting to see the world from a child’s perspective.

What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?

I want to be able to learn even more strategies related to classroom management, especially because the class we are teaching is so unstructured. Sometimes it is challenging to keep the children under control and have them stay in a specific area as opposed to running around the library and making loud noises. I think having those tools will help me improve my abilities to teach challenging classes in the future.

Autumn Stiller: Blog II

How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?

I have gained a new understanding when it comes to individual student situations, how it can affect their behavior and ways to deal with those situations. I also have learned the limits of my students’ skills as artists. Choosing more challenging projects in moderation can help push students just enough but, challenging them too often can cause discouragement. I have become more attentive to the fact that project introductions and demonstrations need to be kept short enough for students to have time to work on and finish their projects in the time allowed. It has been challenging to come up with one day lessons. Two day lessons aren’t recommended because you may or may not have to same group of students the next day. I think I have grown and been able to have enough practice with one day lesson that I feel more confident that the majority of students will have just the right amount of time to complete them.

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What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?

A new understanding that I have about the classroom is how much control I have and need to assert. Until this experience I have only worked with students from well off family backgrounds and have little struggle in their lives. This opened my eyes up to the many different family backgrounds and situations students are in and how that can affect their behavior. Based on their background, each student may need to be treated/educated in different ways in order to get through to them.

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

One thing that has been rewarding through this experience is that as students have been working on crafts I have received work from some unexpected students with messages that say, “You’re awesome! Best art teacher!” These messages from students encourage me because, it’s validation that I might be getting through to them the passion that I have for teaching art. I have enjoyed encouraging and challenging students with new projects that they initially feel are impossible but, by the end of our time together, have executed well and learned something new. I love to see students who are proud of their work.

What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?

By the end of the semester I would like to work on improving how to confront negative behavior in the classroom. I would also like to improve my authority in the classroom as well. It has been challenging at times to get the attention of some students. I know these are the areas in which I lack extensive experience. I hope to find the strategy that works best for me.

Vanessa Lee: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

I had a P.A.I.N.T internship last year at the Child and Family Study Center, in the Why Room. This semester, I am back at the CFSC in the Why room and also the Wonder Room! Before P.A.I.N.T, I have had experience in schools in the Dominican Republic and England. I have also worked at a childcare center in Eau Claire and have had practicum/ lab experiences for my ECE classes.

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to being back in the Why Room to help the children build on the skills they learned last semester and also getting experience with a new age group in the Wonder Room! From what I can tell so far, the children are very creative, and I am looking forward to doing some fun projects with them this semester.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope to learn more about the developmental differences between 3 and 4 year olds through my lesson planning and being able to adapt those lessons accordingly. I think I will learn a lot about myself and my teaching style this semester and I am very excited about that!

Sara Sampson: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

At this point in my college career, I have had quite a bit of teaching experience. I have done two practicums in different schools working one on one with teachers in order to teach elementary and high school students. At one of these districts, I completed a smaller practicum experience working with the special education department. I have also done a study abroad trip where I worked with a diverse group of students in primary and secondary schools. Last year, I worked in a P.A.I.N.T. internship at the jail teaching adults watercolor.

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

Since I taught this course last semester, I know what to expect as far as diverse teaching and accommodations for students. This semester, I am looking forward to creating new and different lesson from the last. I want to improve the quality of education I am providing the students/ inmates. I want to make lessons a little bit more structured for students so that they are learning different ways to utilize the medium (watercolor). Throughout these lessons, I am hoping to excel student/ inmate learning by encouraging student choice. I am most of all looking forward to getting to know the students/ inmates for who they are now and not what they have done in the past

What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I have never taught an art therapy class before. It is something that I have always been interested in and have even considered to pursue it as a graduate degree. Therefore, I am looking forward to exploring new and interesting lessons for the students to participate in. Most of all, I am looking forward to helping the students /inmates prosper and grow as they experience different forms of self-reflection, meditation, relaxation, expression, etc. I am also looking forward to getting to know each student/ inmate.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope to learn a different form of classroom management by teaching adults with a wide range of skills. My goals are to learn how to accommodate everyone in the class and keep each individual interested throughout the entire class. I hope to grow as an educator and a professional throughout this experience by learning more about my students and by developing compelling lessons that feed off of student choice. Overall, I hope to gain a better understanding for watercolor by finding new and creative ways to use it.

Alissa Peterson: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

So far, my teaching experience has just been more of observation in the classroom. This was my first week in the class, so I did not plan a lesson because I wanted to see how the classrooms were run before I brought something in. I have previously worked in the Why room (3-year-old) and I am excited to be back in the classroom.

What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am excited to bring art into their classroom more and plan some fun activities that will incorporate art. I am excited to be in these classrooms because it is the age group I would like to work with at some point, so it is great to get my feet into the water. I am also excited that I can bring music and movement into the classroom and not just visual art. I think both are very important.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope to gain more knowledge about bringing art into the classroom and the difference between 3 and 4-year old’s when it comes to art. I am also interested in seeing their abilities and fine motor skills that are different between the two classrooms. It will be interesting to see the differences in just a one year span.

Hana Buttles: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

Today I had my first day of teaching at the jail and it went better than I expected. Sara was very relaxed and flexible with her work style which makes me feel more comfortable coming in later in the semester and also seems to make the inmates more comfortable to express themselves rather than trying to do a project “right”. I got to take part in the inmates creating a group project on canvas and watch the flow of the class. I loved the conversations that were had and the general feel in the classroom. It felt like an open environment and a safe space.

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I look forward to creating new and exciting art projects to help the inmates to express themselves. I want to give these people an outlet to express themselves with what gives them a sort of purpose and helps them see that they can be productive members of society. From talking with the inmates that were in this class I could really tell how the art helped them see their past, present, and future.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I would like to learn more about how to work with unconventional classrooms. This will give me an experience to become comfortable working with people that I have little familiarity with and learn how to talk with people from a wider range of backgrounds. I mostly would like to learn more about how I can help others and figure out if working in a jail rehabilitation environment would be a good setting for me in the future.

 

Autumn Stiller: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

Prior to this P.A.I.N.T. Internship I have had minimal experience formally teaching art. However, I have been volunteering and working with kids at Sunday school for the past eight years. The only formal art teaching that I have done is one lesson at Children’s Art Club and a second lesson in Kim Robert’s classroom at Oaklawn Elementary. Now I am able to get more teaching experience through this internship and I couldn’t be more excited!

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to getting to know the students and discovering their artistic abilities. The class I am teaching is Arts and Crafts for students who are third through fifth graders. This age range of students, and younger, are what I am most familiar working with. They all have their own unique personalities that show through their work.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope to become more familiar with the structure of a lesson plan and implementing it in a classroom setting. I have written a number of lesson plans but, have only had the opportunity to teach students twice. I hope to learn more about activities that work and ways that they can be altered to work better. Classroom management and dealing with student behavior is another important factor that I hope I will gain more insight on during this experience. I have so much to learn and so much I believe I can take away from this experience.

 

Alyssa Boyer: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

I have not started teaching yet. I have only been in the two year old room for a couple hours and I have been assisting with the lead teacher’s lesson and have been playing with the children during free time. Last semester I did the same internship and I taught two lessons. I taught an art lesson and a dramatic play lesson. I taught both lessons to the one year olds and two year olds. Other than that I have not had any teaching experience.

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to gaining some new experiences with working with a new set of children. Working with infants is going to be a challenge this semester but I will have to be creative in my ways of planning and adjusting lessons. Another thing that I am looking forward to is being able to co-teach lessons with another PAINT intern. I think this way the lessons we teach the two year olds will be much stronger.

 

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope I learn how to be more creative in my lessons. Last semester I feel like I was not very creative in my lesson planning so hopefully gaining even more experience will help with my creativity. I also hope that I will be able to gain better communication skills by planning lessons with the other PAINT intern and working with the lead teachers. Being able to gain some classroom management skills would also be a great thing to gain during this experience.

Elizabeth Rosendahl: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

 

So far, I have had a few of teaching experiences with the A.I.M. program. In spring of 2017, I taught the Jumpstart program and this past fall I participated with a group teaching the mosaic mural project at the library. I have also been given the opportunity to go to the children’s school on campus and create artistic projects with them.

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I look forward to being able to create a mosaic mural that will be a permanent piece in the library. I worked on it last semester and it’s so amazing to see how everyone’s piece that they worked on come together. I am excited to teach others about how to create mosaic artwork as well. The process of creating the mural is so transformative and everyone has a unique perspective when working on it.

 

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

    I hope to be able to learn how to create better color coordinating designs within a large piece of artwork. I also anticipate that I will be able to learn more about creative problem solving. We are trying to decide what color to apply to the background to make it look cohesive, but not have the flower stems blend in. I also want to learn more about the mosaic creation process, specifically about the application of it to the wall. This is a relatively new medium to me and I hope that throughout this semester I can learn more about the process so that I can potentially do something like it in the future on my own.

Leona Sonnentag: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

 

So far I don’t have much teaching experience.  Last semester I was able to be part of the PAINT program for the first time and it was a great experience.  I was able to be active with the students in the gym so it will be a bit different this semester. Aside from the PAINT internship last semester, I am currently in the Infant and Toddler Lab at UW-Stout for 2 hours once a week.  I also have 5 younger siblings so there is some experience teaching there.

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to becoming more creative.  I am hoping that Making Stories Come Alive will challenge me to be more creative so that I will be able to carry that over to when I will have to stick to a curriculum so that I can still make it fun.  I am also looking forward to getting to know each of the students on a personal level.

 

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

From this experience I am hoping to gain experience controlling a classroom.  I hope to expand my classroom management abilities and to gain experience sticking to rules and following through with warnings. I also hope to be able to have a fun learning environment where there is mutual respect where everyone can have fun while learning.

Leah Corso: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

 

I have been teaching swimming lessons for 4 years and I did some classroom observations over winter break. I am also in ECE 105 so I have one day a  week where I am in the Child and Family Study Center.

 

 

What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I look forward to creating a wide variety of lessons for the children to be expressive. I also look forward to increasing their experience in theatre using, skits, drama games and literature. I also plan on implementing art activates into books we read to connect children more to the story. I know many of them are not interested in art but my hope to find one activity that makes them excited and engaged to their full potential.

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What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope to gain more classroom management skills and efficient lesson planning. Over the first two lessons we have done, the children have been somewhat rowdy and it was hard to control them. Leona and I have started setting boundaries and stricter rules, so the kids understand respect. We have had some incidents between the kids that were resolved. The groups can be challenging ,but I know that these are all good kids.

 

Marissa Pilney: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

 

It seems that teaching has always been a part of my life. I babysat for many years, and I also tutored at a homeless shelter when I was in high school. During the summer of 2017, I was a paraeducator for a 2nd grade summer school class. From then on, I have had experience teaching toddlers and preschoolers through my classes at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

 

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to getting to know all of the kids in my class. I feel that it is important to create relationships with the students so they feel comfortable coming to talk to you if they are experiencing any troubles. Along with that, I am also looking forward to creating wonderful art projects with the students, as I really love being creative myself.

 

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope that I can grow as a teacher from this experience. Every time I teach a new lesson, I learn new things. I am excited to learn and grow along with the children.

Sierra Thomfohrda: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

 

I have had a variety of teaching experiences thus far. For classes I have taught a single lesson to kindergarteners for the ArtEd 108 class, completed 30 hours for a practicum in 208 where I taught a ceramics lesson to 5th graders, and completed 40 hours for a practicum in ArtEd 308 where I worked with k-12 grades and taught my edTPA lesson to third graders. I have also completed multiple PAINT internships. One working with Art at the Arc and Thursday Night Thrill Seekers teaching adults with disabilities. I taught a sculpture class for the Boys and Girls Club and am currently teaching Collaborative Art there. I have also done two semesters of teaching watercolor at the Dunn County Jail.

 

 

What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to exploring the possibilities and limitations of the class and introducing the students to those possibilities of collaborative arts. I am also looking forward to getting the chance to work with and get to know all of the students and what their abilities are. I am eager to investigate the compatibility of natural elements and man made materials. I also look forward to learning how students work on larger scale projects.

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What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

Throughout this internship I want to improve my classroom management skills. Things such as knowing how to approach situations, how to talk to students who are struggling or misbehaving, and what is the appropriate and effective way to handle those situations. I also hope to gain the skills to be comfortable being flexible in my lesson plan, and allow students to make their own art, and how to handle when students ‘finish’ in five minutes. I also plan to work on building rapport with each student, and connecting with all the students.

Eva Peak: Blog IV

What is your teaching experience so far?

Last semester I was lucky enough to be a part of two A.I.M internships, P.A.I.N.T Saturdays and The Child and Family Study Center. Previous to this, I was in a in a child development class for three years of high school, where we taught preschoolers.

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What are you looking forward to about the Internship you will be doing?

I am excited to be learning more about the medium of mosaic with tiles! I do not have very much experience working with tiles so it will be a fun learning opportunity for me as well as the students.

 

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

Along with gaining more knowledge about using tiles in art, I am hoping to learn about more mediums that are not as common like paint and be able to find ways to adapt them for classroom projects for the future. In addition to that, being able to work on my teaching skills.

 

Kat Lund: Blog III

Kat Lund: Blog III

I’ve learned that you can’t always be the good guy, there are times where you can’t just let things go. For example, students screaming in the gym space or talking back. I’ve learned ways to deal with problems like that. For example, having a hand gesture that means be quiet. I also learned more about myself and what works best with me in my classroom course wise.

Sami Cromer: Blog III

Sami Cromer: Blog III

I would say that I have definitely grown as a teacher in lesson planning and classroom management. While teaching this class, I have noticed that I got much better at being able to clearly demonstrate projects as well. When working with younger children, I learned that if I was able to over-explain steps to complete a project then I was doing just what I was supposed to because they need to have the projects explained over and over in order to understand how to complete the task.

Eva Peak: Blog III

Eva Peak: Blog III

I believe this whole experience has made me more confident. I know I still have aspects of my teaching I need to work on, but that is something I am grateful to know. Being able to learn and reflect, getting to know students, being creative and bringing art to classrooms made me truly happy during this semester of teaching. I had so much joy over all just being able to have this experience that not that many freshman have. I feel that experience is one of the best ways to learn and I have had so much fun learning and building my skill set.

Alyssa Boyer: Blog III

I was pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged a lot. I never worked with a group of toddlers until I started this internship. I never used to be one that was comfortable with singing, dancing, and dramatic play and when I was told to include some dramatic play and singing in my lessons I freaked out. During my lesson I noticed the children were more into my lesson when I was more into it. I realized that it didn’t matter if I looked a little silly or if I didn’t have the best singing voice. I have become more confident in my abilities as a teacher and have become more aware of the importance of a wide variety of types of activities in my lessons.