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Growth The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates how choices and actions affect students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community and actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally. 10A. Understands that reflection is an integral part of professional growth and improvement of instruction. 10E. Uses classroom observation, information about students, pedagogical knowledge, and research as sources for active reflection, evaluation, and revision of practice. 10G. Participates in professional dialogue and continuous learning to support his/her own development as a learner and a teacher. 1. Fully state the standard in bold text. Then write a paragraph explaining your knowledge and understanding of the standard—put the standard into your own words. This standard is about I as a teacher will be reflective throughout my educational career. I will evaluate my decisions and actions and how they affect my students, parents, fellow teachers, as well as my administrators. I will use the resources that I have available for reflection—for example, observers or students test results, to evaluate my teaching to ensure that I am providing students with the best possible education. I will understand that reflection is essential to growth and improvement. I will also use classroom observation, information about students, knowledge about teaching, as well as research to assist in consistent reflection, evaluation, and correction of my practices. I will also participate in professional conversation regarding learning opportunities, support, and development as both a learner and a teacher. 2. Explain how the artifact you chose demonstrates your understanding and application of the standard.
This artifact is a reflection upon my experience in pre-student teaching. I taught two days/week in a 6th grade social studies class, and this reflection was a cumulative reflection upon my semester there as a whole. By using the opinions of my co-operating teacher, my academic
Ptasienski 2 advisor, as well as my students, I was able to reflect upon my instructional strategies to better my future career. I reflected upon my assessment and management techniques and how those could be improved upon. By doing that, my current instruction is more founded in personal experiences. I am able to reflect upon the mistakes that I made previously and avoid those same mistakes currently. I can learn from the advice of my previous colleagues and the teaching of my co-operating teacher to glean from his teaching strategies and better my own. By committing myself to being a lifelong learner, I am able to better develop my teaching strategies and be open to person growth and development. 3. A If the artifact has been used in your practice, reflect on how your teaching will change in the future to further meet the standard. B If the artifact has not been used in your practice, i.e., a class assignment, reflect upon how your teaching will be impacted by the assignment. This artifact was used last semester to guide my experience this semester and my future as a teacher. I was reflecting upon my time in 6th grade and learning form the things that I did well as well as the things that I did poorly. I learned the importance of reflection during this assignment, and I think it will continue to impact my instruction in the future as well. By being a reflective instructor, I will have more humility in the classroom to learn from colleagues as well as my students. This leaves more room for professional development and growth. I think that I will further meet this standard by seeking professional development and seeking to get the advice of older instructors in my field. By doing this, I will be widening my view of education and how I can best benefit the students that are under my supervision. 4. Conclude with a paragraph discussing how you are more prepared to Teach and Learn in a Diverse Society as a result of satisfactorily meeting the standard. By being reflective, I will learn what works and what doesn’t with diverse student populations. As I learn what is beneficial and what is not, in terms of behavioral strategies, differentiation
Ptasienski 3 strategies, management techniques, etc. I will be able to have a more effective approach from the beginning. I think that in having a diverse group of learners, I will quickly observe that there is never one way to do things, and if I continue to be reflective, I will recognize quickly what is working and what is not so that I can alter my instruction to better meet the needs of my diverse learners in diverse societies.