STANDARD 4 ± Planning for Instruction: The teacher understands instructional planning and designs instruction based upon knowledge of the discipline, students, the community, and curriculum goals
1. Write a paragraph explaining your knowledge and understanding of the standard²put the standard into your own words. This standard to me addresses the idea of planning in the classroom. Not only do lessons need to be planned and well thought out, but other aspects of the room as well. Bulletin boards, activities, and arrangement are a few examples that need planning for instruction to run smoothly. Long term planning also needs to be applied and understood by the teacher. There needs to be bench marks that the students should meet throughout the year and this is possible through planning long term.
2. Explain how the artifact you chose demonstrates your understanding and application of the standard. The artifact I chose shows a science unit plan that is meant to span over a couple weeks. The process was put together in collaboration with two other teachers; however it still had the same effect. Together we had to figure out the order the lessons should go in, what topics should be covered, and what we wanted the students to know from start to finish. It took massive amounts of cooperative planning to ensure no two lessons covered the same topics and that the material was spread out evenly through the unit time period. This was something that needed to be planned long term since it all relates to each other. Planning it out helps keep a time line on when the students are learning the information and would be ready to be evaluated on it.
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. The artifact will impact my teaching style in that I will rely on long term planning more in the classroom. Setting long term goals and providing long term plans allows me to focus on what is being taught in each lesson and being prepared instead of worrying about what will be taught next. I think it will also help in organization and keeping on track with time, since a long term unit plan has a time limit of when it should be finished. This type of plan will help keep me in sync with the curriculum and on schedule with other classes.
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 having this long term planning done, that frees up time to look into other topics and contents to study with the children. This may be something extra such as discussing news topics or issues, social issues, or diving deeper into content discussed in other classes. Having a map of what you want to achieve in a time frame allows for more time to develop or foster ideas for the diverse needs in the classroom. It can allow for study of different religions, races, cultures, etc. because the teacher won¶t have to worry about day to day planning on a certain subject or subjects. It also has taught me that by planning for the long term I can have more time to find resources or ways to help my diverse students. This element of time also allows me to get to know all of my students better and their families to foster a strong community and learning environment.