Systematic reflection to organize and improve teaching and develop effective relationships, including the ability to:

a. Uphold the State of Michigan Professional Code of Ethics and engage in meaningful self-evaluation; Throughout all of my field placements and student teaching placement, I have upheld all of the Ethical Standards addressed in the Professional Code of Ethics.  For every placement, I reflected on my presence and actions in the classrooms to ensure that I upheld these standards to the fullest.
b. Identify and use current research to reflect on and improve one’s own practice related to content, technology, pedagogy, and other factors that impact student achievement; As part of my student teaching experience, I video recorded two of my lessons.  For each of them, I introduced the lesson and instructional methodologies used and then ended the recording with a reflection about my own effectiveness.  One such reflection can be viewed here.
c. Develop positive relationships with other teachers, parents/guardians, students, administrators, counselors, and other personnel to benefit students and to influence one’s own professional growth; During my student teaching experience, I have attended Personal Development and staff meetings.  Through these interactions, I have developed relationships with other teachers, administrators and counselors.
d. Analyze the effects of teacher dispositions, decisions, and actions upon others (e.g., families, other personnel, and all students, including those with disabilities) and adjust interactions accordingly; Through the collaboration of my mentor teacher and my principal, I realized that every student needs to be treated differently during my student teaching experience.  Because of this meeting, I identified better strategies to use with specific students to increase their positive behavior.
e. Embrace and model teaching as a lifelong learning process and continue efforts to develop professionally; During my student teaching placement, I have made it clear to my students that I learn just as much as they do and that every opportunity is a chance to learn and grow.  I frequently have done more research at home about topics talked about in school to model to students that learning doesn’t have to only take place at school.
f. Involve and work effectively with parents/guardians and implement school-wide parent involvement plans to maximize opportunities for student achievement and success; For Guided Reading Groups during my student teaching experience, parents would come in and help lead a group.  I welcomed and informed them about their task for that day.
g. Interact with parents/guardians using best practices for personal and technology-based communication, to maximize student learning at school, home, and in the local community; and Before the start of my student teaching placement, I wrote a letter to parents introducing myself and to open the lines of communication between us through phone and email.  You can view that letter here.
h. Participate in the development of individualized plans for students with disabilities (Individual Education Plan (IEP)). At the beginning of my student teaching semester, I gathered information on two students to be used in the meeting for their IEP.  I also participated in the meetings for them as well.

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