Standard 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teachers:

a. participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.

b. exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building,
and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.

c. evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and
emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.

d. contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and 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, including the incorporation of digital tools and resources in their classrooms. Teachers should consistently research new ways to implement cutting edge technologies in their classrooms to enhance student learning. Additionally, teachers should strive to inspire their fellow teachers to become technologically proficient as well by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.

Artifact:

To illustrate this standard, I have selected two different artifacts. The first artifact is a Power Point presentation that I created for my Transition to Advanced Mathematics class during my sophomore year of college. This Power Point presentation displays research I completed on the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. The second artifact is a digital story that I created for an experiential education tutorial during my junior year of college. The digital story presents research that I completed on the Northern Cascades. Both artifacts are methods of presenting information, but their production required vastly different levels of technological skills. Please click on the icon below to view my Power Point presentation and click on the following links to view my digital story: Digital Story Part 1, Digital Story Part 2 .
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Explanation of Artifact in Relation to the Standard:

During my sophomore year of college, I considered Power Point presentations an advanced technology. However, by my junior year, I had completed enough research on cutting edge technologies to realize that there were more creative methods, such as digital stories, for presenting research. The digital story I created was much more exciting and engaging than the Power Point presentation that I created one year earlier. During my teaching career, I will continue evaluating and reflecting on current technological research to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources to support student learning.

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