Nicole Seidler

Nicole Siedler: 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…)?

As a teacher, I have grown from this internship experience because it has given me a better understanding of how mosaics work and what the process is when you get closer to the end of a mosaic mural. We are hoping to get the mural done by the end of April, so seeing the final steps is really neat to see because this material is still very new to me.


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

The new understandings that I have about children in the classroom of a mosaic mural is that it can be a little difficult because it is very easy to lose the children’s interest because they are so young. One of the things that I learned from this internship is that it is difficult to use mosaics with young children because they have a tendency to lose interest. I have learned that my role as the teacher in this specific classroom is to make sure the children are still learning, but also keeping the children on track so they don’t get distracted.

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

One thing that has made me happy about teaching this semester is the fact that this mural is almost complete and it will be installed in the UW-Stout Library for years to come. Another thing that makes me happy is the excitement that the kids have when they get to come and make art out of an unusual material.

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

One thing that I would like to work on improving by the end of the semester is getting the children to continue working on the mural without wanting a break or two during the work time.

Nicole Seidler: Blog III

Nicole Seidler: Blog III

What I have learned through Canvas Fridays is better time management when teaching a painting. I have improved greatly on creating a painting that takes exactly 2 hours; nothing more or less. Teaching this class helps me understand the importance of time management and it is a great skill to have because it can be used in everyday life. Throughout teaching this class, I have also learned some helpful skills that improve the class such as, playing music when the families are painting so it isn’t so quiet. Also I learned that doing ice breakers helps me as a teacher and other students get to know each other.

Nicole Seidler: Blog II

Nicole Seidler: Blog II

Mosaic Sundays has really helped me improve my classroom management skills. Working with younger children can be difficult at times because they don’t always do what they are expected to do. Throughout teaching Mosaic Sundays, it has shown me more ways to deal with children who don’t want to do what they are told. I feel that it is important to have a well-managed classroom because it betters self-awareness, mental focus, and makes a better learning environment for all students.

Nicole Seidler: Blog I

Nicole Seidler: Blog I

I am looking forward to teaching to a wide variety of age groups which can lead to many different styles of painting. Style is not only created and shown because of age, but also how everyone uses the medium, how people may see it differently and show different techniques. I am also looking forward to learning more as an educator because I believe that their is always something new to learn.