How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?
The experience I have had working with the Boys and Girls Club at River Heights Elementary here in Menomonie has been an experience that is giving me a lot of knew knowledge on how to handle large groups of kids. So far, this semester I have learned the importance of setting very clear instructions to my class to prevent confusion or chaos. The class I teach incorporates art projects, and having an example of the project completed before my class is an important part of keeping the class engaged and focused during work time. Bringing in an example to show them exactly what they should be working on helps alleviate the need for an overwhelming amount of questions.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
This class is primarily made up of 3 – 5 graders which is an age group that I have no previous experience with. I have a new understanding of how questioning this age range is of everything that you try to introduce to them. You must welcome their questions, but also know when it is time to move on. I am starting to learn that I do have authority when I am in front of my class, and that is important to establish right from the beginning.
What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?
This quarter I have had the opportunity to have my class Monday – Thursday which is one thing that has made me happy. Seeing the kids that many times a week has been important in making the relationships I now have with the students. Getting to know each of them, and them getting to know me must be one of my favorite things about teaching this quarter, and just in general. The projects that I have created, and implemented in my class are also something that has made me happy. The kids have all had positive responses to the projects and enjoyed doing them.
What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?
I continue to want to work on my classroom management. I believe that my skills have grown, but I do not think that they have progressed to their full potential. I need to continue to establish my presence to my class and be clearer on my instructions. I have progressed since my first class which gives me the hope that I will reach my full potential if I keep working on it.