How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?
I have most definitely grown as a teacher from this experience even though it’s only been five to six weeks. I have really grown when it comes to being efficient with lesson planning and then facilitating the lessons in the classroom. This experience has taught me that the lesson you have written may not go according to plan when you actually facilitate it, but that’s an okay thing. I’ve learned that the most important thing is the student’s experience and what they create from the materials you have given them.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
I’ve really seen how important art and movement activities in a classroom, especially a preschool classroom. They get so excited when you bring out the art supplies, which really shows you as a teacher that it’s something that should always be apart of the classroom. Along with that, I have learned that I have a large role in facilitating the arts in the classroom. It’s also shown me that it’s so easy to incorporate the arts into the classroom and that students love anything that has to do with arts and crafts, music, or movement.
What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?
The thing that has really made be happy about teaching this quarter is the students I get to work with. I have worked with these students in the past through school, so being able to see them and work with them a year later has been very special to me. I have gotten to know them very well over the course of five to six weeks, personally and developmentally. I love walking into the preschool and seeing their smiles everyday and knowing they are excited to learn!
What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?
I still believe that I could get better when it comes to creating lessons plans and being consistent in general. I have struggled with staying on a consistent schedule throughout this process, but I really want to focus on making sure I am completing my lesson plans and getting the materials in a timely manner. Even though I feel like I have gotten more efficient when it comes to lesson planning, I want to become a more confident writer of lessons. I would also like to improve on my classroom management skills. It’s hard when there are many other teachers in the room, but I plan to start focusing on students in their small groups in order to work on classroom management skills.