How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?
As a teacher, I have learned more about lesson planning and how to give effective and helpful demonstrations. With lesson planning, I learned that it’s important to start and end the class on a summative note. At the beginning of the class section, telling the students what to expect increases their excitement and curiosity in the subject. A recap at the end of class helps the students retain what they learned. I also discovered that children really liked interacting with different things when you’re explaining a concept, bringing in materials for them to experience engaged them.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
I have a couple of new understandings about my role in the classroom and children. A new understanding that will help me in the future is discovering how different ages of children have different attention spans. Through this understanding, I learned how to keep younger students from running around and focusing on the project at hand. This was a challenge I encountered throughout the semester, but with practice and observation of other teachers, I learned how to control a classroom in an effective manner.
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)
I believe that this experience has made me more confident as a teacher in several ways. The most important was my ability to learn more about situations that might occur while I am teaching and how to handle them. This teaching experience was such a fun experience. Seeing all the children’s drawing was really interesting and watching them become excited about placing the tiles was enjoyable for me. I really liked working with them to create a permanent work of art that will be in the stout library and seeing their creative energy flow.