How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?
This experience has taught me skills on how to effectively and efficiently set up my classroom for projects through trial and error. I started the semester with a demonstration table and one supplies table. I found this to be chaos for projects with longer talk times and/or lots of supplies. I found that separating supplies into stations or setting up personal workspaces for students works much better. I have found that students have good days and bad days and it is reflected in how they act during class. My time management skills have improved tremendously with this experience. I have learned to keep an eye on the clock and how much time each age group needs for cleanup. My lesson planning skills have improved. I have found that I am able to use some of the same language from one lesson plan to the next vs. writing from scratch each time.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
I understand that I am essentially the “boss” of the classroom. I understand that there are similarities between my experience working in management and in the classroom. Over the semester I learned about different strengths each student has in the classroom. I understand now that some projects are more popular than others and that it is hard to predict this prior to class. Over time, students became more familiar with the routine of my classroom and it made for a smoother lesson.
Has this experience made you more confident as a teacher? What made you happy about teaching this semester? Are you finding joy in this experience? (describe/explain)
My confidence has improved over this semester. I found it beneficial to have my supervisors sit in on my lessons and share feedback with me during the class. I enjoy being told when I am doing a good job. I also like to hear suggestions from my superiors who are not afraid to offer advice. I have found this experience to be very rewarding to, no only my resume but to my self-fulfilling joy of teaching.