I understand that I am essentially the “boss” of the classroom. I understand that there are similarities between my experience working in management and in the classroom. Over the semester I learned about different strengths each student has in the classroom. I understand now that some projects are more popular than others and that it is hard to predict this prior to class. Over time, students became more familiar with the routine of my classroom and it made for a smoother lesson.
I have learned to be aware of what the students have already experienced on the day I teach my class. For example, on Halloween, I knew the students would have focused on standard Halloween projects at school already, so I did a lesson on magic. This lesson was still relevant to celebrating the day but was different enough that they wouldn’t be bored. I have also a better understanding of the amount of prep that is needed prior to teaching a lesson. I understand the necessity of having aide assistance in the classroom. I have been privileged to have had a helpful group of Boys and Girls club employees this semester.