Standard 4

Standard 4:


Effective Learning Environments-

Management and monitoring of time, relationships, students, and classrooms to enhance learning.



Sub-Standards of Standard 4

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

a. Engage students in meaningful learning experiences while maximizing the use of instructional time.

During student teaching I learned how to properly use an entire 80 min. block to maximize the learning process. At first I had too much time left over but after discussing with my mentor teachers and by trial and error I came up with a management plan to properly use all 80 min. that included adding a conclusion section to my lesson plans

b. Structure the classroom environment to promote positive peer interactions and positive self-esteem, to ensure that each student is a valued participant in an inclusive learning community.

I started each History class with current events which was intended on creating rapport with my students but also a place where students could interact with one another about what was going on in the world and their thoughts on the issues.

c. Construct a learning environment and grading process where both teacher and students have high expectations and mutually understand what is expected of each other to foster optimal achievement of all students.

For the essay I gave my students a rubric and an explanation of the essay which clearly laid out the expectations I had for the content of the essay and how each section would be graded.

d. Design and implement a classroom management plan that utilizes respectful disciplinary techniques to ensure and orderly learning environment which is conductive to learning and takes into account diverse needs of individual students.

During parent-teacher conferences I was able to talk to the parents about my rule with re-writes on the essay. When a student did not have the grade they had desired I shared with the student and their parents that the essay re-write would be a very effective way to boost their grade 

e. Understand and uphold the legal and ethical responsibilities of teaching (e.g., federal and state laws and SBE policies pertaining to positive and effective learning environments, appropriate behavioral interventions, student retention, truancy, child abuse, safety, first aid, health, and communicable disease).

In the Maymester class we talked a lot about how the legal process of the educational world is handled.  We also discussed the different ethical responsibilities we will have to have once we are in the classroom.

f. Use a variety of teaching methodologies and techniques (e.g., lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, cooperative learning, small-group activities, and technology enhanced lessons) and objectively assess the effectiveness of various instructional approaches and teacher actions for impact on student learning.


This is explained in a separate attachment

4f narrative

Michigan pioneers lesson artifact

g. Establish a learning environment which invites/welcomes collaborative teaching practices.

This is explained in a separate attachment

4g narrative

h. Differentiate between assessment and evaluations procedures and use appropriately.

There is a book given to the education students that is called Educative Assessment that we have used to understand the difference between assessment and evaluations.



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