Alyssa Boyer

Alyssa Boyer: Blog II

How have you grown as a teacher from this experience so far (skills, understanding, or knowledge gained) (lesson planning, classroom management, demonstrations, etc…)?

This internship has helped me grow as a teacher in many ways. I believe one of the biggest things it has done for me is helped me become more confident as a teacher and in my lessons. I have grown in both teaching lessons and addressing behaviors. Before I was nervous to take action when it came to addressing unwanted behaviors, however, I am now gaining the confidence to do this and take action.


What new understandings do you have about children/education/your role in the classroom?

Through my internship I have been working with another pre-ECE teacher to plan and teach lessons. I have learned the importance of teamwork with teaching. Before I believed that teaching was something that you had to plan by yourself. Now through the internship I am understanding that communication with other teachers can be just as important as the work that you do directly with the children.

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

The thing that makes me the happiest about teaching is seeing that the children get excited about the lessons I have planned for them. I love watching their faces light up when they are experiencing a lesson they enjoy doing. In the infant room I can even see that the infants get excited with new experiences that I provide for them.

What is something that you would like to work on improving by the end of the semester?

I would like to work on trying to find more of a variety of art lessons. I enjoy doing crafts with the children but have really only managed to do painting lessons. I have also only done a couple music and movement lessons, so adding some more of those types of lessons to step out of my comfort zone would be a goal of mine.


Alyssa Boyer: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

I have not started teaching yet. I have only been in the two year old room for a couple hours and I have been assisting with the lead teacher’s lesson and have been playing with the children during free time. Last semester I did the same internship and I taught two lessons. I taught an art lesson and a dramatic play lesson. I taught both lessons to the one year olds and two year olds. Other than that I have not had any teaching experience.


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

I am looking forward to gaining some new experiences with working with a new set of children. Working with infants is going to be a challenge this semester but I will have to be creative in my ways of planning and adjusting lessons. Another thing that I am looking forward to is being able to co-teach lessons with another PAINT intern. I think this way the lessons we teach the two year olds will be much stronger.


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

I hope I learn how to be more creative in my lessons. Last semester I feel like I was not very creative in my lesson planning so hopefully gaining even more experience will help with my creativity. I also hope that I will be able to gain better communication skills by planning lessons with the other PAINT intern and working with the lead teachers. Being able to gain some classroom management skills would also be a great thing to gain during this experience.

Alyssa Boyer: Blog III

I was pushed out of my comfort zone and challenged a lot. I never worked with a group of toddlers until I started this internship. I never used to be one that was comfortable with singing, dancing, and dramatic play and when I was told to include some dramatic play and singing in my lessons I freaked out. During my lesson I noticed the children were more into my lesson when I was more into it. I realized that it didn’t matter if I looked a little silly or if I didn’t have the best singing voice. I have become more confident in my abilities as a teacher and have become more aware of the importance of a wide variety of types of activities in my lessons.

Alyssa Boyer: Blog II

What makes me happy about teaching this past quarter is the fact that I can band with the children I work with and watch them learn. When a child learns a new concept or task you can see the ‘aha’ moment they have and be a part of it. I love being able to get experience and work with real teachers and get advice on what I can improve on.

Alyssa Boyer: Blog I

Alyssa Boyer: Blog I

I have worked in many different classroom settings and have never experienced much variety in the work I have done. I am looking forward to seeing how more of a daycare establishment differs from a school classroom. I do not have much experience with ages under four so I am looking forward to getting more experience with different age groups. I am excited to gain hands on experience with children and learn how I can improve as a future teacher.