I was really looking forward to Friday for the presentations. I really feel like I've missed out on a great learning opportunity, and a chance to draw a conclusion to my experiences.
From looking at my group's final presentation powerpoint, I was really pleased with what we put together. Not being able to deliver my part, was like baking a cake and not being able to have a slice...in other words total torture!!!
Having been a T.A for 7 years, I have had visits to museums, and I have never experienced what I did at Compton Verney. The children were never engaged, and I now realise it may have been because the teachers did not have that input on how to teach in a museum setting.
I can remember going on a visit with a year 3 class who were studying the Ancient Greeks. They were told to look at the pictures and artefacts that related to their topic. In hindsight, maybe had they been put into small groups and given a specific thing to look at, and feed back to the class, they may have got a lot more out of it. It is so easy to get absorbed by the artwork in a museum that it makes it even easier to detract from the learning objective.
I feel a good amount more confident to teach art, and to go on trips with children.
Jo and Will from Compton Verney, have been really forthcoming with their knowledge and ideas on how to work with children and art, which has been a tremendous help.
I am so so glad that I didn't do the GTP now, as I highly doubt that this experience would have ever come my way!