Field Experience Response I
My response to our first field experience came through thinking about how the kindergarten class we observed was structured. I would like to make it clear that I was thoroughly impressed with the organization level, the way in which they captivated the student’s attention, and the amount of work they were able to churn out because of these things. I think that it being a kindergarten class it is necessary to teach students about listening, responding, and respect. Without doing these things there would not be enough organization to get anything finished in a class. It was in this organization and conformity that I found it fascinating to watch the students. They were asked to all draw a heart and then paint it in with pinks and purples. If they did not draw the heart large enough the teacher would come over and redraw it on their paper, showing them that their heart was not done properly. They were doing this in commemoration of valentines day, which I also found interesting because it made me aware how we are fundamentally told how to celebrate holidays even as children and are given symbols and colors that represent them. While observing all of the sameness that was occurring in the classroom I found the song “Little Boxes” written by Malvina Reynolds floating around in my head. She wrote the song while driving through suburbia of San Francisco; it is now a famous song that is a political satire about suburbia and the confirmative lifestyle of the individuals from suburbia. I was thinking of the students as “little houses on the hillside” and decided to put a concrete house made from a mold inside of a little box, I also typed out the lyrics to the song and put it in the box. In the song little boxes are representations of the little houses in suburbia, this is why I wanted to put a little house inside of a little box, it made me rethink the conformity that occurs in the education system as well as the layer upon layers it creates for the students. This could be seen as a bad or a good thing, the box I think should be seen as another key to lessons in life.