Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard H

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:

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

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to be responsive, support the common good, and demonstrate responsible citizenship. In our 5th Grade Band, this means sharing our rehearsal spaces with other teachers and being responsible and respectful in the process.

Every day, my mentor teacher and I are responsible for walking between the middle school and elementary school and bringing the 5th graders back and forth between the two buildings for class. When the students walk in the hallways, they are respectful to the middle school classes that are in session by being quiet. When they reach the choir room where they rehearse, they are responsible to collecting a music stand and taking to their seats quietly. When rehearsal is done, the students are responsible for stacking the chairs 4 high and clearing the room of any music stands, garbage, etc. The standard is to level the room cleaner than we found it.

Because the spaces we use aren’t “ours,” we are very careful to respect other’s property. We are quiet in the hallways so as to respect the other teachers, just as we’d like to be respected in the hallways of our own school. We clean up the classroom and leave it better than we found it to show we are appreciative of the lent space. All of these things show that we, as a group, are responsible, respective citizens of our school district and it’s students and faculty.

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