I have the pleasure of staying at my placement for the entire semester. I do not have to worry about adjusting to a new school, teacher, classroom, and students. Throughout the nine weeks I have spent at Fort Braden having both middle and elementary classes I have noticed many differences.
In an elementary class I hear Mrs. Edson around 40 times in a 45 minute class period while in my middle school class it is closer to 10 times. I rarely get a chance to stop and think before another student calls my name during my elementary classes but in the middle school class is a much more relaxing environment. These students know what they need to be doing when they walk into the class so they start working without me telling them what to do. I am able to walk around the room and give the students feedback on their work. The elementary students have me running around the room for a million different reasons. In addition, in my elementary classes I have to repeat myself many times. I really appreciate that I can tell a middle school student once and they pick it up pretty quickly. I have enjoyed my time with them more than I thought that I would.
Overall, something that I have a love/hate relationship with in the art class is managing the chaos in the classroom. My elementary classes have lots of chaos but my middle school class only has as a couple students I have to keep my eye on. I enjoy keeping the kids under control sometimes but occasionally it will become overwhelming and I look forward to the calmness in the middle school class. At the end of the day I know that I got very lucky with this middle school class and I love working with the elementary students.