Ashley Hall's Professional Education Portfolio

K-12 Certified Music Educator

Substandard F

3. CURRICULAR AND PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE ALIGNED WITH STATE RESOURCES

Knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy with reference to the MCF and other state sponsored resources, for consistent and equitable learning in Michigan schools, including the ability to:

f. Evaluate, adapt, and modify instructional strategies, technologies, and other educational resources to enhance the learning of each student;

This substandard addresses the teacher’s ability to improve their own instructional effectiveness through evaluation, adaptation, and  modification of their instructional strategies; this all in the aim of bettering and enhancing the learning of each student.

As a music teacher, I bring technology into the classroom on a regular basis. But one means of technology you may not expect to see a music teacher utilize on a regular basis in a video camera. And not for the purposes of reviewing the ensemble — for reviewing myself.

I am constantly evaluating my own performance in the classroom. If my students cannot understand what I am saying or if I find that I am not lecturing the material in an effective manner, I find video taping myself and reviewing the film afterward can be extraordinarily helpful. I always keep a pen and pad of paper handy while reviewing my video; I write down things I liked, things that need work, and ideas I should elaborate on. By doing this, I can better myself for my students, who can in turn better themselves through improved instruction.

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