I have a couple of new understandings about my role in the classroom and children. A new understanding that will help me in the future is discovering how different ages of children have different attention spans. Through this understanding, I learned how to keep younger students from running around and focusing on the project at hand. This was a challenge I encountered throughout the semester, but with practice and observation of other teachers, I learned how to control a classroom in an effective manner.
I am looking forward to learning a new type of art. I have never done a mosaic and so I think it will be fun to learn as well as teach it to young students. I’m hoping to get more experience working with children as I do not have a lot of it. I’m looking forward to gaining some teaching experience with the help from a real teacher.
So far, I have had a few experiences in the teaching field. Last year, I was required to do small teaching courses to my fellow classmates in groups. I also was involved in the Children’s Art Club on the UW-Stout campus. During the spring semester, I participated in this internship program and worked with the children at Jumpstart. It was a wonderful experience and I gained various skills in regards to working with children of different ages.