I believe I have gotten better at lesson planning and incorporating art into the classroom. I have always been able to lesson plan but the more practice you have of course the better you will get so it is very nice to have this extra experience. I think I have also grown to know what children like to do best and what really keeps their attention, more of visual art and not music and movement.
I have really made strong connections with a lot of the children. When I have been in there in the past, I was being graded as a part of my classes so I had to be the teacher and not just observe and teach art, a lot of what I had to do was more structured but now with bring all art activities in, the children really open up and see to enjoy them. I have gotten to know a lot of the children on a more personal level and not just as a teacher which has been nice. It has also been nice to see how the children have grown since I had them last semester for my class.
A lot of the children remembered me from before so that always is nice. Another thing that has really made me happy is how excited the children are when I bring out the art project for the week. They do a lot of other art throughout the week, but my art does not usually relate to their theme, so it is more of a free time art than anything else. Some of the children really enjoy the art projects that I bring in and they open up and have very different conversations about what they are doing.
I would like to create a few harder lesson plans for the end of the semester. It is kind of hard to find something that will be a challenge but not too hard since all the children are at different places, but I am interested to see. I think it will be interesting to see how much they improve in just a semester so I am excited to see that as well by bringing in something challenging.