Standard 1

Standard 1:


Subject Matter Knowledge-Base in General and Liberal Education-

An understanding and appreciation of general and liberal arts including English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts, and the ability to:



Sub-Standards of Standard 1

Explanation of when/where/how I met the appropriate level of mastery

a. Synthesize, analyze, reflect upon, and write with clarity and structure about ideas, information, and data from a general and liberal education, and the relationships between the various disciplines.

This is explained in a separate attachment

1a narrative

Stem Cell Article artifact

b. Understand and appreciate free inquiry in English, literature, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural or physical sciences, and the arts.

Each one of my History classes I started with Current Events. They were able use free inquiry in talking about different stories and problems across content areas

c. Understand global and international perspectives of the disciplines.

I taught in an Ancient History class where we discussed the different literature, art, and cultures of the ancient world from a global perspective.

d. Understand the tenets of a free, democratic, and pluralistic society.

Throughout the education courses we discussed the make up of the school systems and how the students of today face different problems.

e. Understand and respect varying points of view and the influence of one’s own and others’ ethics and values.

We talked a lot about different view points and the influence’s one other’s ethics during the Frankenstein unit when we talked about if it was right or not for Victor to create life. We also discussed the ethics behind Stem Cell Research

f. Understand and respect the role, rights, and value of the individual in a free democratic society.

In my class I felt that it was important to give students the option to dictate the lessons. For example, in Michigan History I asked them what they wanted to learn about and I developed the lessons around what they wanted to learn.

g. Understand technology and its use for gathering, processing, evaluating, analyzing, and communicating ideas and information.

This is explained in a separate attachment

1g narrative

Michigan History power point artifact

h. Understand the similarities and differences within our culture that support the importance of common good and responsible citizenship within our American society.

Throughout this semester we talked a lot about the election where we discussed in detail the differences not only in the candidates but in our society as well. I also urged all 18 yr. olds to vote since it was their responsibility as a citizen.

i. Understand the constitutions and histories of the United States and Michigan.

I taught a Michigan History class where we discussed in detail how Michigan became a State and its rich history especially here in Marshall

j. Understand and respect individual differences, including the differences identified within the State Board of Education Universal Education Vision and Principles.

I was having trouble in my English class getting kids to read. I talked to Dr. Shanton and he gave me a book with different discussion methods. I used the jigsaw method to change up the routine in the class in hopes it would be a better technique for those not responding to the quizzes. It got a lot more people talking and worked a lot better

k. Demonstrate the abilities and skills necessary for effective communication in speech, writing, and multimedia using content, form, voice, and style appropriate to the audience and purpose (e.g., to reflect, persuade, inform, analyze, entertain, inspire).

I took a creative writing class at Albion where I learned how to effectively choose my words to get the proper point across that I was trying to. I also used a different tone when I read aloud to my English class to make the reading more exciting.

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