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Fall Reflection Form 2010

Fall Reflection Form 2010

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Effective Teaching at MICDS
  Name: Elizabeth Helfant
Fall Action Plan
I.
 
P
ersonal StatementAs I think about my fall action plan and goals and reflect on my job and goalsto date, I do realize how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to grow andlearn and to help others do the same. I enjoy the challenges of technology andfiguring how best to implement it to support learning. I equally enjoy buildinglearning relationships that allow us to explore good pedagogy and curriculumin a one to one environment. I am looking forward to an excellent year inwhich we implement a number of good ideas and complete the move to becoming a one to one upper school. My job has evolved from integratingtechnology by exposing faculty to tools to integrating technology by designingcurriculum and exploring pedagogical best practices in a one to one school.My job has become equal parts professional development for faculty,curriculum design, and determination of technology solutions.II.
 
StrengthsUsing Charlotte Danielson¶s materials and your spring reflection notes (if available),choose 4 (or more) criteria (e.g., 3d, Using Assessment in Instruction) that representyour strengths as a teacher. Briefly discuss below.Criteria Descriptors Notes
1a.
DemonstratingKnowledge of Content &Pedagogy
 
y
Knowledge of Content
y
Knowledge of PrerequisiteRelationships
y
Knowledge of Content-RelatedPedagogy
y
 
Knowledge of Charactersitics of  Age Group
 This resides within theT
P
ACK framework ± andalludes to differentiationand assessment
1f.
 AssessingStudent Learning
 
y
Congruence with InstructionalGoals
y
Criteria and Standards
y
Use for Planning
y
 
Variety/ Alternative assessment 
 This is a focus for our work next year and,ideally, we should pilotfaculty (my students) portfolios to assess their understanding of things
2b
.
E
stablishinga Culture for Learning
 
y
Importance of the Content
y
Student Pride in Work
y
 
Ex
pectations for Learning and Achievement
 This is the environmentwe are working to createin US
3e
.
DemonstratingFle
x
ibility andResponsiveness
 
y
Lesson Adjustment
y
Response to Students
o
Persistence
I¶m pretty flexible andcan roll with things-technology does that toyou
 
Effective Teaching at MICDS
 
4
e
.
Growing andDevelopingProfessionally
 
y
Service to Students
y
Advocacy
y
Decision Making
I¶m also pretty strong inongoing learningMy strengths lie in my ability to learn rapidly and to build relationship as well as inmy passion for challenges and ideas. I have used these strengths to try to move theupper school to become a community of designers as defined by Mishra and willcontinue to do so this year.III.
 
Goals for the Year Using Charlotte Danielson¶s materials, select 2 or 3 goals based on criteria you wantto focus on for the year. Briefly discuss below.Criteria Descriptors Notes
4
a.
Reflectingon Teaching
 
y
Accuracy
y
 
Use in FutureTeaching
 I blog to reflect and it forces me to flushout my thinking and learn more deeply-its good- This needs to live in faculty andstudents at MICDS and I hope to helpmake that happen.
1
e
.
DesigningCoherentInstruction
 
y
Learning Activities
y
InstructionalMaterial andResources
y
InstructionalGroups
y
Lesson and UnitStructure
This will be a year of curriculum revisionand design- it will be great fun but wehave to keep essential questions, enduringunderstandings and skills in our focus-and not fall back on what we did lastyear- we can¶t just re-chunk stuff 
3c
.
E
ngagingStudents inLearning
 
y
Representation of Content
y
Activities and Assignments
y
Groupings of Students
y
InstructionalMaterials andResources
y
 
Structure andPacing
 This is where I believe we all need tolive- If we are sincere about developinglifelong learners, we need to engagestudents in the learning process either byleveraging their intrinsic motivation or bycreating curiosity and relevance. We needto create learning environments that bestserve students passions and interestsrather that our own.My personal goals this year will be to develop an even deeper understanding of  pedagogy and curriculum design in a ubiquitous environment and to expand theapplication of T
P
ACK to our program. I will also work to make sure that initiative arenot located in personalities but have roots in the institution so that our changes aresustainable.More institutional goals are attached.IV.
 
P
eer Observation
 
Effective Teaching at MICDS
 In my job, I get to do a ton of peer observations. I will make sure that I observe eachdepartment chair this year with an eye towards tech integration, differentiation, andformative assessment. I will also use observations to support the T
P
ACK evaluationand faculty portfolio.V.
 
Your 
P
rofessional Development Needs and Interests
y
 
21
st
Century Learning Summit (http://www.solution-tree.com/
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ublic/InstituteDetail.aspx?node=&parent=&
P
roductID=CFF266)
y
 
Hathaway Brown Innovation Summit -http://www.hb.edu/page.cfm?p=2138
y
 
Maybe Educon and ASCDVI.
 
All School Committee Work 
P
lease list any committees of which you are ±or plan to be²a member.
y
 
Upper School Learning Committees (suggesting 4-
P
ortfolios,Differentiation,
P
BL, and Scope and Sequence/Common Language
y
 
Academic Committee
y
 
TLC (?)VII.
 
P
lease describe what you¶ve done over the past year to grow professionally.This can include workshops attended or presented, books read about pedagogyor curriculum, etc.This could take quite awhile
Learning is a necessary part of the job that I do.Some of that learning is specifically for me and I make decisions abouttechnologies that we should pursue and filter out those that do not seem to bea match to our school culture. Some of the learning is about curriculum, pedagogy, theory and is something I try to then share with the Upper Schoolcommunity. Much of the learning is in collaboration with Upper Schoolfaculty. We are becoming much better at following up on professionaldevelopment experiences and sharing them with the greater community.My
P
D wiki is a source of details about readings I¶ve done and presentationsI¶ve given.http://helfantpd.wikispaces.com/ 

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