Vanessa Lee

Vanessa Lee: 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 really grown as a teacher this semester considering how much I have gained in skills and understanding. I know so much more now about how a classroom operates efficiently. I feel like I have gained experience in classroom management just by having consistent experiences with the same groups of kids. I have really grown in my lesson planning skills as I have the chance to learn about the sort of things the children like doing. I love being able to tailor my lesson plans to their interests!

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

So far in my internship, I feel like I have a very valuable role in the classroom. The students look forward to me coming in and ask me: "What art project are you doing with us today Miss Vanessa?". I have seen how beneficial it is for these children to have time to create something and express themselves creatively. I think art is a great opportunity for the children to make connections to their world. Plus they really enjoy it!

What has made you happy about teaching this quarter?

It makes me happy seeing that the art projects I come in and do with the children make them happy. I love that the children get to express themselves through art. I also am happy about the great teachers I get to work with. I am happy to have the opportunity to learn from them and their experiences. Overall, I love being considered a valuable part of a great child care center!

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

I feel like I have improved on a lot of things since I started my internship last semester. If I could choose something to improve on by the end of the semester, it would be my demonstrations. I want to be able to give the students demonstrations without them feeling like they need to make their art look exactly like mine. I try to choose activities that are very open- ended so the students can use their creativity as much as possible. I am lucky to have great students that listen attentively when I do give demonstrations, though. I find that they are always eager to learn new things!


Vanessa Lee: Blog I

What is your teaching experience so far?

I had a P.A.I.N.T internship last year at the Child and Family Study Center, in the Why Room. This semester, I am back at the CFSC in the Why room and also the Wonder Room! Before P.A.I.N.T, I have had experience in schools in the Dominican Republic and England. I have also worked at a childcare center in Eau Claire and have had practicum/ lab experiences for my ECE classes.

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

I am looking forward to being back in the Why Room to help the children build on the skills they learned last semester and also getting experience with a new age group in the Wonder Room! From what I can tell so far, the children are very creative, and I am looking forward to doing some fun projects with them this semester.

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

I hope to learn more about the developmental differences between 3 and 4 year olds through my lesson planning and being able to adapt those lessons accordingly. I think I will learn a lot about myself and my teaching style this semester and I am very excited about that!

Vanessa Lee: Blog III

Just by being able to consistently go into a classroom twice a week, I have become a more confident and experienced teacher. I now know what kind of art activities students this age would enjoy, and ones that might be too easy or too complex. It made me happy to go into the classroom in the mornings, start setting up my supplies, and have 1-2 students start asking me what we were going to be doing that day. I loved how inquisitive and enthusiastic they were about art!

Vanessa Lee: Blog I

Vanessa Lee: Blog I

I hope this internship will help me further develop my teaching style. I think art education is very important in early childhood and I am glad I get to have such an involved role in facilitating that for students. I also want to gain a better understanding of the types of activities children this age enjoy so I can become a more knowledgeable and experienced teacher.