Overall, teachers should prepare their students to be well-rounded, contributing members to society. Within safe and engaging classroom settings, students should learn how to be critical thinkers, compassionate contributors to their communities, and technologically-adept, worldly citizens. As a teacher, it is my job to advocate for students, to help them to learn the skills that they will need to be successful later in life. It is important to me to be involved in the community in which I teach—both within the school community and within the overall living community. Teachers are public figures that should model citizenship to their students. Through interactive learning, social learning, one-on-one relationships, and active participation in the communities in which I have taught, I feel as though I have demonstrated proficiency in the Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers.

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