How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?
My internship has taught me that what you planned isn’t always what's going to work out, you need to have a plan B and C. I am learning ways to better try to understand classroom management. I’ve learned not to plan on one thing for the whole time period, students will get bored. I also add in games to make it more fun for everyone and engaging for the whole class.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
I have understood that you can’t always be the student’s best friend. You need to find a balance because they need to know that they have to follow the directions that are given but also make it fun for them and something they will want to engage in.
What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?
I love that the children like the games that we plan and are interested in learning the dances prepared for them. They also are getting a hang out our everyday routine which is super nice. They know to circle up right away and start stretching. I also enjoy that the children always have fun ideas and stories that they want to share. It is also super nice that the supervisors also participate in the games that are planned.
What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?
Classroom management. Getting the students to listen when I am trying to give directions or when we are playing a game. Encouraging students to be kind to each other and not talk when Kat or I are trying to explain something.