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Week Seven: A Taste of Teaching

Apr 26, 2021

This week I am grateful to say that I was able to work with all the grades I planned to for my experiment! There were some bumps with the scheduling, but nothing that couldn’t be figured out. As a reminder, I worked with the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th graders at BASIS Independent McLean.

Experiment

For each grade level, I introduced myself and explained that this was for my senior project. Next, I generally explained the instructions for the activity. Each student would be given a packet. The first page is a survey on a temperature scale of 1-5 indicating their emotional state. Each student would need to write their age, grade, and number correlated to their emotion on the page. Either the quarter mandala or the full mandala was on the next page. The students were given the instructions to have creative freedom and fill the blank spots of the quarter mandala anyway they wanted. The students with the full mandala were told to color the mandala. I gave them around 15 minutes to complete the art activity with the instruction that they did not have to complete their art. After 15 minutes, my plan was to gather the attention of the students for a discussion. I asked them what they thought my senior project was about and any thoughts they wanted to share. Some shared what their numbers were before and afterwards and what they thought the reason was for this.

Explaining instructions to 2nd grade class

 

After each session, I wrote notes on my observations for each grade, as well as any changes in variables that were important to note. For example, some of the grades we were unable to come together and discuss. Another example is that for the 6th and 8th grade class, I used their outside time to do the activity. Most were not very happy with this and therefore put a 5, angry, for their emotion number. One student even got angrier as she did the activity because she wanted to go outside. Unfortunately, there was no way for me to control this variable because I used the time I was given for my senior project.

Fourth grade class working on art activity

 

Generally, I observed that some were really involved in the activity and enjoyed the art making process. Another general observation from glancing at the survey results and comparing the before and after is that most did say the art activity improved their emotional state. My next step now is to analyze the data I have gathered from this activity!

I now understand the awkwardness teachers feel when students stare blankly at them.

3 Replies to “Week Seven: A Taste of Teaching”

  1. mattr says:

    I THOUGHT I had seen you in the hallway last week!! 🙂

  2. Ria K. says:

    This experiment is so cool! It is interesting to see how outside factors can impact the experiment and I am excited to see your analysis.

    1. Maria T. says:

      Thanks Ria!

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