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 that completing my lesson plans for the whole week over the weekend before is extremely beneficial. In contrast, completing my lesson plan the day of teaching is stressful. I end up feeling better about how I did for the classes for the week and the children seem to enjoy the material covered when I take my time. I have also grown in my relationship with the students. They know where to sit and where to get their materials following the demonstration each day.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
I have learned to be aware of what the students have already experienced on the day I teach my class. For example, on Halloween, I knew the students would have focused on standard Halloween projects at school already, so I did a lesson on magic. This lesson was still relevant to celebrating the day but was different enough that they wouldn’t be bored. I have also a better understanding of the amount of prep that is needed prior to teaching a lesson. I understand the necessity of having aide assistance in the classroom. I have been privileged to have had a helpful group of Boys and Girls club employees this semester.
What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?
I am happy that I was given an opportunity to work outside my element and challenge myself through teaching art. I do not have a strong background in art however, I am proud of what I have accomplished so far, this semester. I am also happy that I was able to meet students from different backgrounds. I was able to include each student in our group discussions each day with topics that were relative to experiences the students have had or hope to hall in the future. I am happy that the students look forward to what their art project will be each day.
What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?
I would like to continue working on classroom management in terms of behavior. This includes the expectation of the students not talking when I or another student is talking. I would also like to work on classroom management in terms of time. This would include coming up with time filers if the lesson ends early or ideas to fast track a lesson that is taking to long.