Opinion editorials, reviews and personal essays
By Grace Deng
From January 19 to 26th, SAS PD National Arts Honor Society (NAHS) hosted an event called “Teacher For A Day,” where NAHS members taught an art lesson for a group of SAS PD 4th graders. As a newly initiated NAHS member, I had the opportunity to participate in this annual event for the first time.
Members were divided into several groups. Each group created their own art lesson to teach the 4th graders. My group decided on a lesson about batik art- we used white oil pastels and watercolor to teach the 4th graders about how oil and water don’t mix. It was also a lesson on negative and positive space, as well as the large array of watercolor techniques possible.
Lesson planning is much harder than it would seem! We had to create a prototype to show the 4th graders what a finished product would look like, research batik art, order the materials needed on TaoBao, and actually plan- step by step- the lesson we were teaching! Our plan was rejected several times by Ms. Moore because it wasn’t specific enough. After a stressful after school planning session, we were able to turn in our complete lesson plan just before the deadline.
Due to a scheduling conflict, I was not able to attend the first lesson in my group. However, on Monday, January 23rd, I reported to Ms. Moore’s room at 8 AM sharp in preparation for the lesson. At 8:45 AM, we headed down to the elementary school to teach the 4th graders.
Upon arrival, we quickly set up the materials and the 4th graders arrived. Since the first lesson had already happened, the 4th graders were ready to continue working on their projects after only a quick briefing.
Eager and enthusiastic, the kids painted their watercolor paper with the kind of earnest excitement that only an elementary school kid could have about a school project. There really wasn’t much for us to do- the 4th graders had it covered!
Once we cleaned up, the students left and we were left to bring the leftover materials back to the high school art room. Leaving the elementary school almost felt like coming back to reality. Gone were the miniature furniture and art covered walls, leaving me staring at the cold metal lockers and dark hallways of the high school building.
This experience was much more fun then I was expecting. Although we only taught for a day, I have a greater appreciation of my teachers and their job. If planning an art lesson once for a couple of 4th graders was hard, I can only imagine what planning lessons every day for weeks on end is like.
On a final note, I would like to thank the 4th grade teachers and students we interacted with during this event. I look forward to NAHS’ next Teacher For A Day event!