I feel that there is much to learn from this elementary placement, and perhaps I will reserve judgment until this placement ends. It is really different in that I feel there is more to do and less time to do it. On average I see 150 learners every day, and not the same learners every day. There are 500+ students in the elementary that I am placed for student teaching. As much as I would like to learn every kids' name I feel like it might be unrealistic in the amount of time that I have there. If I were in a elementary art position, it is reasonable to assume that you have a little bit of time to build that name recognition base throughout their years in your art room. That part of the elementary position is favorable, watching them and facilitating their learning throughout their beginning years. Noticing their mental and artistic growth sounds amazing. We will see. There is no time to think or plan. Little time to prep or change gears from one class to the next. The days do go fast though.
For this week I am observing and trying to figure things out. Transitions are hard.