Documentation played a big role during my time at Highlander Charter School. Because my partner and I were team teaching, we were able to document the classroom well. This booklet is not about explaining the implementation of a lesson plan, but rather, it is a documentation of the things that students learned that went beyond the lesson plan. Though lessons were planned to teach shapes, patterns, and counting, students explored concepts such as color theory and elements of the alphabet through their own experimentation.
Highlander Charter School Teaching Practicum
Over the course of 4 months, my co-teacher and I participated in a Kindergarten classroom at Highlander Charter School, integrating visual arts into the math component of their curriculum. Our focus revolved around shapes, patterns, and counting. Our lessons had two components: classroom time, in which we took a more traditional approach to art integration, and gym class, where we used the idea of kinetic art to explore our mathematical principles.
At the end of the session, a pop-up gallery was set up, where we were able to showcase student works on paper, as well as the final "music video" created exploring kinetic art.
Cohort Observation and Documentation
Each member of my cohort at Rhode Island School of Design was asked to create a 15-minute lesson, in which some of us acted as students, and others were simply present to observe. As the observer, I took notes, photographs, videos and audio recordings. Through these means I created a booklet showing my observations, which had a focus on "classroom vibe." This documentation can be utilized in the future both as a tool to showcase learning, and as a way to self-reflect.