March 20th, 2009 by Nicole Battista

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;

I have meaningfully evaluated myself in a variety of ways. One example is how I had my students do multiple teacher evaluations on my teaching. They are tremendously helpful and students are very honest.

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;

I did some research on Total Physical Response in my Teaching Assistant seminars. As a Spanish department at Albion we discussed the benefits and drawbacks of this practice. I then implemented some of the ideas about using the body as a tool for learning and retention in my tutorials.

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;

I wanted to get to know other teachers in the district, particularly at the middle school level. After meeting the Marshall Middle School 6th grade teacher, she asked if I would like to be a chaperone for their field trip. So, I took advantage of this opportunity and volunteered. It was a great way to work with younger kids and make myself known among other parents and administrators.

Artifact #14 is the paperwork from this field trip.

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;

I have learned that my attitude and disposition greatly affect my students each day. One day my kids noticed that I was stressed and upset and this negatively affected their attitudes toward the topic at hand. Since then, I started greeting students at the door with a smile and Spanish greeting. This not only improved their interactions with me; other staff and faculty caught on as well. It was a morale boost for everyone around.

e. Embrace and model teaching as a lifelong learning process and continue efforts to develop professionally;

Embracing teaching as a lifelong process is a huge part of my teaching philosophy. During my student teaching, I sought out the Assistant Principal to come in and observe me as she does all contracted instructors. We then met and discussed things that I could improve upon and things I did well.

f. Involve and work effectively with parents/guardians and implement school-wide parent involvement plans to maximize opportunities for student achievement and success;

I successfully led Parent-Teacher Conferences completely on my own. I interacted with 170 students’ parents. Each parent received and updates grade sheet and I was able to effectively communicate how each parent’s child was doing in my class.

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

By the use of Zangle, parents can monitor their student’s grades online. I post grades immediately. Many parents have told me how much they appreciate my organization and utilization of Zangle. I also constantly email and talk with parents of students who are having problems turning in homework or understanding material.

h. Participate in the development of individualized plans for students with disabilities (Individual Education Plan (IEP)).

In my Maymester class, one of my students had an IEP for extra time on work and a required test reader. I always honored his IEP and observed as my mentor teacher helped modify his IEP for the year.

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