Autumn Stiller: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

Prior to this P.A.I.N.T. Internship I have had minimal experience formally teaching art. However, I have been volunteering and working with kids at Sunday school for the past eight years. The only formal art teaching that I have done is one lesson at Children’s Art Club and a second lesson in Kim Robert’s classroom at Oaklawn Elementary. Now I am able to get more teaching experience through this internship and I couldn’t be more excited!

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What are you looking forward to about the class you will be teaching?

I am looking forward to getting to know the students and discovering their artistic abilities. The class I am teaching is Arts and Crafts for students who are third through fifth graders. This age range of students, and younger, are what I am most familiar working with. They all have their own unique personalities that show through their work.

What do you hope to learn/gain from this experience?

I hope to become more familiar with the structure of a lesson plan and implementing it in a classroom setting. I have written a number of lesson plans but, have only had the opportunity to teach students twice. I hope to learn more about activities that work and ways that they can be altered to work better. Classroom management and dealing with student behavior is another important factor that I hope I will gain more insight on during this experience. I have so much to learn and so much I believe I can take away from this experience.