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Standard 6.D

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

“Use community and home resources to enhance

school programs and instruction.”


Students learn best if they are able to make connections between the material they are learning and their own lives. For many lessons and units, utilizing community resources in order to enhance instruction is one way to actively engage students with the material and with their communities.


During my Social Studies Pedagogy class, I designed a “Policy Issues” unit plan that utilizes local resources in the Albion area. This unit plan could be extremely effective, because it helps students to make close connections to many policy issues that may otherwise seem distant from their own lives. Helping students to see local connections would perhaps increase efficacy and passion about certain policy issues, perhaps even spurring local action. I found my research for this unit plan to be so fun, and I learned a lot about the Albion area during the process. I think it is important to teach students about their surrounding community—it instills a sense of pride and identity, as well as a coherent connection to the history of an area.


In the future, I hope to be able to conduct similar background research on the area in which I am living, and to incorporate local history and resources into lessons and units.



          Policy Issues unit plan


Standard 6.A

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

“Understand the structure, function, purpose, and value of education and schools in a free, democratic,

and pluralistic society.”


As both a member of the Education department and the Ford Institute, my coursework has shown me both sides of the democratic importance of education and schools. During Education 202, we learned about the historical progression of public schools in America. I think that this historical background is important to understand while considering the current state of education in America. Through the Ford Institute, I have been able to analyze policy issues related to education, including state-wide policies such as Proposal A, national policies such as No Child Left Behind, and international competition for better-performing schools (as with the surge in math and science education in America after Sputnik). Education forms the future leaders of our country, and so it is important that our young people are prepared to become well-rounded, critically-thinking, and socially adept adults.


During my Education 202 class, I wrote a paper entitled “Education as Personal and Public Empowerment.” In this essay, I looked at some of the historical contexts of American public education, and analyzed the importance of education in empowering individuals, as well as in empowering groups of people who may have been oppressed. In this essay, I come to the conclusion that progression of education will have a direct correlation with the success of individuals and our nation as a whole.


During a research project that I did for one of my Ford Institute courses, I studied comparative educational policies and the impact that competitiveness among countries has on national educational policy. During my research, I came across a powerpoint that was used to try to convince Americans that we need to strengthen our educational programs in order to remain the main superpower in the world. This shows that educational success is not only important on a local, state, or national level, it is also important to the overall future of our country’s international status. In educating future leaders of America, we prepare our country for future policy decisions.


I feel as though I am studying American education at a strange point in educational history. For the first time, we now have a national system for tracking school progress. Unfortunately, this program as a whole has not been found to be completely successful. With the inauguration of the new president in January of 2009, it will be interesting to see how educational policy changes within the next couple of years.



         Education as Empowerment Essay

       Shift Happens ppt


Standard 6

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Responsibilities and Relationships to the Greater Community

“Participation in professional, local, state, national, and global learning communities.”



a. Understand the structure, function, purpose, and value of education and schools in a free, democratic, and pluralistic society*


In Education 202, I learned about the history of American education.


During my coursework for Ford Institute, I analyzed policy issues related to education (nationally and internationally).



b. Synthesize a teacher’s role in a changing society with the evolution of educational foundations and policy perspectives


My action research project during student teaching looked at ways teachers can help students to be open-minded about issues related to prejudice and discrimination, as well as teacher’s role in social learning.


During my coursework for the Ford Institute, I analyzed policy issues related to education, including No Child Left Behind.



c. Demonstrate an understanding of and participate in related organizations and activities in the communities in which the teacher works


During Maymester and student teaching, I went to a couple of student sporting events to show my support.


Throughout my time at Albion, I volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor for local young girl.



d. Use community and home resources to enhance school programs and instruction*


In my Social Studies Pedagogy, I created a “Policy Issues” unit plan that utilized local history, locations, and resources.



e. Design learning activities for students that involve volunteer groups, civic and social organizations, and relevant public service agencies


The “Policy Issues” unit plan that I designed in my Social Studies Pedagogy class included guest speakers—local business owner and member of Albion Economic Development Corporation.



f. Participate with professional educators, school personnel, and other stakeholders in collaborative and cooperative planning, decision-making, and implementation, to improve educational systems at all levels


During my student teaching, I participated in in-service days and Professional Learning Community meetings.


Throughout my Education coursework, I went to some local school board meetings.