Professionalism

"Teachers assume responsibility for professional growth, performance and involvement as an individual and as a member of a learning community."

Reflection on the Standard:

To become more effective educators, teachers must assume responsibility for their own professional growth, performance, and involvement as individuals and as members of a learning community. Teachers must never become complacent with their educational methods. Not only do we need to constantly reflect upon our current instructional methods to determine our strengths and weaknesses, but we also need to be aware of new techniques that other educators are implementing in their classrooms.

Artifact:

To reflect this standard, I have selected a blog entry entitled Field Week 6: Plus Delta Rx. In this entry, I discuss one major aspect of my teaching that I wanted to change, as well as a solution to help implement this change. Please click this link to view my blog entry.

Explanation of Artifact in Relation to the Standard:

In the beginning of my field placement, I struggled with classroom management. I found it difficult to find the proper balance between being the "good guy" and the "bad guy." To help make sense of this fine line, I reflected upon my personality outside of the classroom, as well as the students' tendencies within the classroom. Realizing that I tend to not take control of situations outside of the classroom and that the students in my classroom were generally unmotivated to do anything math related, I decided it was necessary to be more authoritative in the classroom. This change was successful and students soon began to respect me as their teacher. Through this process, I was able to learn first hand the necessity of reflection in professional growth and performance.

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