STRAND 5: RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS TO THE SCHOOL, CLASSROOM, AND STUDENT

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 my student teaching I completed weekly reflections and self-evaluations.  These helped me to reflect on what was going well and what I still needed to work on.  I evaluated my progress daily for my own benefit.

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;

During my student teaching I researched the current ideas about discourse in the classroom and implemented what I learned into my own classroom.  I then wrote up my results as a way of reflecting on the process as a whole.

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 observed several other teachers during my student teaching period and discussed their teaching methods with them afterwards.  Most of these were other math teachers that my students had had previously.  Understanding how they teach helps me understand where my students are coming from and I am able to build connections for them using this knowledge.

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;

During parent teacher conferences I noticed how the way I talked about a student affected the parent.  I was able to gauge what they were comfortable hearing and adjust my tone and phrasing to make them comfortable and still help them understand what was going on.

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

On my spring break I attended a professional development in-service at another school.  This was for a different text than I was using, but seeing how this text approached the material gave me new ideas of things to do in my classroom.

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

When I had a student whose grade dropped significantly I had a conversation with his guardian and worked out a plan for him to improve his study habits and make up missing work.  I continued to communicate with the guardian as to the progress that was made after this incident as well.

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

When students were struggling in my geometry class I made every effort to contact parents early on.  I did this through letters home, emails, and phone calls.  It was important to me that I keep parents informed of student progress if I wanted their support at home.

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

I observed and participated in the development of an IEP for a student in my geometry class.  This plan allowed the student extra time on tests so that they could achieve to their best ability.