How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?
Currently, I feel that I have come a long way since day one in both classroom management and lesson planning. Before teaching this class, I had no Idea where to even begin with a lesson plan. I had never seen a lesson plan before, and now I am writing one every other week. With my classroom management, I feel that I have learned some new techniques to keep the attention of the students while demonstrating. The first day I taught the class, I was so nervous and now I have definitely become more confident in the classroom as a teacher rather than a student.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
I have learned that each student works at their own pace. Some students also need more attention when it comes to instruction, and what I mean by that is that some students are not always very confident in the work they are doing, so they need more instructions on how to paint their every stroke. Whereas other students are carefree and confident in every stroke and just let their painting happen. Then there are students that are right in the middle. Teaching this class really gives a broad spectrum of students which gives a good idea of what an actual classroom is like.
What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?
Some of the same families have come back for many paint classes and my favorite part about seeing them more than just once is that I get to know who they are as a painter as well as who they are as a person. For example, there was one family that came every week for the first four or five weeks. It was a mom with two little girls, the youngest was four and the older one was eight. We started to learn how to work with the four year old to keep her attention, the mom was a great help with inspiring other students to change their work to make it their own and the older daughter was always full of energy and created her paintings with so much imagination. I really enjoyed getting to see the difference in students with just one family.
What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?
I would still like to improve on my lesson planning skills. I still have a long way to go before I am confident in creating one. I also would like to improve on my speech while teaching. I need to use more technical terms and not use so many “uhms” and “likes”. That is my biggest problem as a teacher, but I have never taken a speech class before, so this will be good practice.