There is never a point where a teacher should step back and say to herself, “I know everything there is about teaching.”  Regardless of experience and current knowledge, in my opinion there is always room for acquiring new learning.  This could be illustrated by many different things, such as attending educational conferences and classes, researching about the physical, emotional and cognitive characteristics of your students and seeking solutions to problems occurring in the classroom.

Also, as a teacher I think it’s necessary to continually commit yourself to seek new knowledge about pedagogy.  Ideas about education and its contexts are forever changing and evolving.  And because of this, I will eagerly be committing myself to obtain it.

A continual commitment to learning is so important to me and my teaching because it strengthens my passion for teaching and touching lives.  By continually promising to learn, I have to assess my current level of learning.  This in turn, leads to a deeper understanding of what I know and what I want to know.  Committing myself is a renewal that will refresh myself as an educator and myself as a forever-student.

Artifacts:

Action Research Project: Action Research

This is one of my strongest pieces of evidence, as it shows how I identified a problematic situation in my classroom and then researched professional literature to discover the best possible solution to be implemented for my students.  It shows the depth of my commitment to seek new learning for the benefit of my students.

Lesson Plan: Stretching Out Words

This was one of my most memorable lessons, as it took a turn that I was not expecting.  During the modeling phase of my lesson, I asked students to give me a word that they thought was difficult to spell.  You can imagine my surprise when a student told me, “projectory.”  At the time, I was not even aware it was not a word.  I believe I was confusing it with “trajectory.” Nonetheless, I modeled for the students how I would spell it if I took my best guess, which was the objective for the lesson.  I was then asked what it meant and I could only ask the student who offered it in the first place to explain.  It’s just amusing to me because this little moment inspired me to look up the word and to see exactly what it meant.  That is how I found out it doesn’t exist.  All in all, I loved how the students asked me something that I didn’t know.  It encouraged me to seek out more information about it and that is just what I did.

The Lucy Calkins Writing Program: Writing Lesson 10-25-10

This year, the Union City Community School District started using the Lucy Calkins Writing Program.  It was very exciting for me as a student teacher to be able to learn something for the first time right along side my own teacher.  This was a great example of how important it is to be committed to life-long learning.  Especially since curriculum changes happen all the time!

Science Lesson: Water in Pebbles and Sand

I loved this lesson because it made me have a solid understanding of how groundwater flows at different speeds through different mediums.  I really had to make sure that my understanding was that solid before I taught the lesson because I knew the students were going to ask me questions about.  My class must be full of future scientists because they just love asking the “What if” questions.  I absolutely love that too!  I just want to make sure that I’m as prepared as I can be.

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