I don’t think I have EVER learned or developed this much in a little over 1 month. This class reminded me that classrooms don’t have to be a certain way, and that you can really allow your personality to set the tone of a classroom. This class was very relaxed and did not feel threatening in any way like classes I have taken in the past. It was almost awkward for me to experience the relaxed atmosphere of this class after taking 4 years of very strict and structured classes. It served as a great reminder that all students thrive under the circumstances and classroom atmospheres that suit them the most, and that ideally in my future classroom I would exhibit a balance of both extremes. I have found that I am drawn to a classroom atmosphere that is a balance of choice-based learning and more structured learning.
Thinking back on my experience at Gadsden alone, I can easily say that I have developed tremendously. I felt like a skittish cat at Gadsden, and now I feel like I am more sure of myself, even if it is a little. I’m feeling the way I used to feel when I thought of becoming an art teacher, the kind of feelings that made me want to become an art teacher in the first place. These feelings tend to get lost in the stress and commotion of life as a student, but I am so glad to have had the opportunity to be reminded of them.
I’m feeling fresh and renewed now, and have never felt more prepared to face something. I am sure of how I want my classroom to be for students, and now all that is left is to gain some more experience and make things happen.