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Standards 9-10: Professional Responsibility

Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

"The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner."[9]

Artifacts

Discussion Post - IEP Review (PDF in new window)

Student Learning Objectives Project (link in same window)

I feel that I meet this standard because I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching, and continuously reflect on how I could do better. The artifact I chose helps showcase this, because part of the discussion required me to interview teachers and paraprofessionals on various aspects of co-teaching within an inclusion environment. As this environment was new to me at the time, I was already asking many questions before the assignment, which helped make the discussion for that week much easier. Through this, I learned that (especially in inclusion classrooms), I am not alone, and that if I need help or advice with adapting lessons, there are people who can help me, especially when it comes to adapting lessons for special-needs students.

I was fortunate in my timing on selecting my second artifact because I had just completed my Student Learning Objectives (SLO) project for my student teaching internship. This project required me to evaluate the students I was teaching, set specific growth targets, and try to determine what the best learning strategies were to reach those targets. And although I didn't reach the targets I'd originally selected, the artifact shows that I reflected on the data and circumstances, and identified positives and negatives about what was done, which will allow me to improve my teaching in the future.

Standard 10: Leadership and Collaboration

"The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession."[10]

Artifacts

Western Tech 9th Grade Team Memo (PDF in new window)

BCPS CTE Professional Day Agenda (PDF in new window)

I feel that I meet this standard because of my ability to work with different groups of peers, regardless of the content area, and I am able to take the feedback and knowledge, and apply it to my lessons. During my student teaching internship, I was given the opportunity to participate in the 9th Grade Team, which required me to collaborate with other teachers in different content areas to identify any students that were struggling with school. This also provided an added benefit because part of the 9th Grade Team's responsibility is to provide additional training on study skills, it was very easy for me to integrate these additional lessons into my class, even though they weren't part of my content area.

Another reason I feel that I meet this standard is because within my content area, I find it very easy to integrate and apply new knowledge from my peers into my lessons. And I'm also very comfortable providing advice and guidance to peers who are new to the content area, providing suggestions on ways they can divide up certain topics so that the lessons can support a wide range of learning styles and abilities. During my student teaching internship, I was provided the opportunity to attend two different Professional Development workshops, where I attended break-out sessions ranging from all different sections of my content area, and I was able to both give and receive knowledge to my peers during these sessions.

Reference: InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0

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