Arts and Crafts

Autumn Stiller: 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…)?

I have gained a new understanding when it comes to individual student situations, how it can affect their behavior and ways to deal with those situations. I also have learned the limits of my students’ skills as artists. Choosing more challenging projects in moderation can help push students just enough but, challenging them too often can cause discouragement. I have become more attentive to the fact that project introductions and demonstrations need to be kept short enough for students to have time to work on and finish their projects in the time allowed. It has been challenging to come up with one day lessons. Two day lessons aren’t recommended because you may or may not have to same group of students the next day. I think I have grown and been able to have enough practice with one day lesson that I feel more confident that the majority of students will have just the right amount of time to complete them.


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

A new understanding that I have about the classroom is how much control I have and need to assert. Until this experience I have only worked with students from well off family backgrounds and have little struggle in their lives. This opened my eyes up to the many different family backgrounds and situations students are in and how that can affect their behavior. Based on their background, each student may need to be treated/educated in different ways in order to get through to them.

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

One thing that has been rewarding through this experience is that as students have been working on crafts I have received work from some unexpected students with messages that say, “You’re awesome! Best art teacher!” These messages from students encourage me because, it’s validation that I might be getting through to them the passion that I have for teaching art. I have enjoyed encouraging and challenging students with new projects that they initially feel are impossible but, by the end of our time together, have executed well and learned something new. I love to see students who are proud of their work.

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

By the end of the semester I would like to work on improving how to confront negative behavior in the classroom. I would also like to improve my authority in the classroom as well. It has been challenging at times to get the attention of some students. I know these are the areas in which I lack extensive experience. I hope to find the strategy that works best for me.

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.


Marissa Pilney: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?


It seems that teaching has always been a part of my life. I babysat for many years, and I also tutored at a homeless shelter when I was in high school. During the summer of 2017, I was a paraeducator for a 2nd grade summer school class. From then on, I have had experience teaching toddlers and preschoolers through my classes at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.




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

I am looking forward to getting to know all of the kids in my class. I feel that it is important to create relationships with the students so they feel comfortable coming to talk to you if they are experiencing any troubles. Along with that, I am also looking forward to creating wonderful art projects with the students, as I really love being creative myself.


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

I hope that I can grow as a teacher from this experience. Every time I teach a new lesson, I learn new things. I am excited to learn and grow along with the children.

Mela Wasilewski: Blog III

This experience has made me more confident about teaching.  Being alone in my internship has made this experience so memorable. I learned how to be a teacher and to make my classroom how I would want it to be. I am lucky this way. I made tweaks to where I thought needed some work and took advice when needed. It made me realize that teaching is hard but working to improve is always possible.

Amy Eidahl: Blog III

Amy Eidahl: Blog III

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.

Amy Eidahl: Blog II

Amy Eidahl: Blog II

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.

Mela Wasilewski: Blog II

From this experience I have grown as a teacher. I have done this so far by learning what level each student is at in their art making (also in general).  I’m earning more about classroom management and how to set up my classroom before class starts. As for learning how others learn I did notice a difference in younger students. Compared to the rest and it shows in their development and their motor skills. Some students are 8 years old and some are 6 years old.

Mela Wasilewski: Blog I

Mela Wasilewski: Blog I

I am looking forward to teaching this class because I'll be getting to teach children about art. The children I work with make art because they choose to come to my class. Some children are the same each time, some are not. I also look forward to teaching them that art helps show self-expression. With the projects, I want the class to see my take on the project and make their own. Meaning they should not copy mine. I want to see what they can do with their own minds.