Leona Sonnentag

Leona Sonnentag: 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 grown because I think that I have gotten a little better at classroom management.  I now understand the importance of setting boundaries in the beginning of the class so the students understand what we expect behavior wise.  I have also gotten better at understanding that if someone is misbehaving it is probably for a reason other than just the class. Simply talking to them one on one and showing that you care can really make a difference in students attitudes.


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

I have a better understanding about how important setting boundaries in the beginning is so you can start building relationships instead of worrying about behavior every day.  I also learned that you can’t just be worried about being everyone’s friend because you won’t get anything accomplished and that’s not important anyways. What is important, though, is teaching and making sure the children understand what you are saying.

 What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

What makes me happy about teaching is when the children get enthusiastic about what we have planned.  I think it helps the day go a lot smoother and when they are excited about what we are doing they willingly participate which is great!  It also makes me happy how well me and Leah work together, we are both super flexible with each other and the plans.

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

I would like to keep improving my classroom management skills.  I still struggle with that a lot. I would also like to improve my lesson planning and becoming more creative with ideas for the course.

Leona Sonnentag: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?


So far I don’t have much teaching experience.  Last semester I was able to be part of the PAINT program for the first time and it was a great experience.  I was able to be active with the students in the gym so it will be a bit different this semester. Aside from the PAINT internship last semester, I am currently in the Infant and Toddler Lab at UW-Stout for 2 hours once a week.  I also have 5 younger siblings so there is some experience teaching there.


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

I am looking forward to becoming more creative.  I am hoping that Making Stories Come Alive will challenge me to be more creative so that I will be able to carry that over to when I will have to stick to a curriculum so that I can still make it fun.  I am also looking forward to getting to know each of the students on a personal level.


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

From this experience I am hoping to gain experience controlling a classroom.  I hope to expand my classroom management abilities and to gain experience sticking to rules and following through with warnings. I also hope to be able to have a fun learning environment where there is mutual respect where everyone can have fun while learning.

Leona Sonnentag: Blog III

Leona Sonnentag: Blog III

I feel I have grown most at being able to manage the classroom.  Being in a gym gives added difficulty to being able to manage behavior but after a routine set in, it became a lot easier.  The students knew what we were doing and knew what was expected of them.  The gym setting was really nice for what we were doing but it made the students extra antsy.  Getting them to quiet down and listen was a struggle in the beginning but throughout the semester it got easier because I learned how to better get their attention and keep it in order to tell them the plan for that day.

Leona Sonnentag: Blog II

Leona Sonnentag: Blog II

I love that the children like the games that we plan and are interested in learning the dances prepared for them.  They also are getting a hang out our everyday routine which is super nice.  They know to circle up right away and start stretching.  I also enjoy that the children always have fun ideas and stories that they want to share.  It is also super nice that the supervisors also participate in the games that are planned.

Leona Sonnentag: Blog I

Leona Sonnentag: Blog I

I hope to learn how to successfully help the students have a good time but still have a structured class.  I'm also glad that I'm gaining real life experience so early in my college experience to solidify that teaching is what I want to do.  I also hope to learn how to get students to behave and listen without having to yell over them.