How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?
A skill I have really embraced during the internship is being flexible when giving lessons and being able to make changes throughout a lesson if something doesn’t work out. I also feel more confident in time management when giving lessons and planning to do things for a certain amount of time but it could still use a little more work and experience. Lastly, I have learned more about the children’s interests and have been able to adapt lessons to those interests.
What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?
I now understand how important it is to really model how to do a certain project and that if I think I am explaining too much then that is probably perfect because the children find modeling and demonstrating how to do something really helpful. I also find it interesting when doing a wide variety of projects during the semester, when I notice which children really get engaged in which kind of projects. I notice those things and then try to plan future lessons based off of those interests.
What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?
Since my class has a lot to do with reading a book and then doing some sort of art project or movement activity afterwards, it makes me happy when the children really remember certain details of the book. It gives me the reassurance that they enjoy what we are reading and they really do pay attention. It also makes me happy when I see students take a project and do something that I did not even think of when I created the lesson because it shows me the wonderful and creative minds that children have, which is why these art classes are amazing.
What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?
I would still like to work on time management a little bit more and just planning ahead. Something that I sometimes forget is planning for the amount of time it will take to clean up the materials we used at the end of class. I usually lose track of time and rush clean up time the last few minutes of class that we have, so that would be something I would still like to work on.