STRAND 6: RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS TO THE GREATER COMMUNITY

Participation in professional, local, state, national, and global learning communities, including the ability to:

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

My mentor teacher and I discussed the role of education in society and how the structure of the education system affects the way students view it.  We compared the role of education in our society to that of other cultures and discussed the pros and cons of each.

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

My algebra II class helped me experience that the role of a teacher must extend beyond teaching the required curriculum.  I found myself supporting students outside of school and helping them through other difficulties completely unrelated to mathematics.

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

While teaching a geometry class, I attended several extra curricular events including a band concert and choir concert.   I was also a part of a local church and frequented many local businesses in order to learn more about the community in which I was teaching.

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

I borrowed technology from the career center, which was a community resource in order to improve my classroom.  Students were able to use technology that the school did not own to understand their subject from a new perspective.

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

In one of my placements students suggested that they donate to the local food pantry as a way to give back to the community so I organized a way to incorporate that into my unit.  I encouraged students to find other ways to give back to their community as well and offered a few extra credit points as an incentive.  Together as a class students brought in 15 cans to be donated.

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 a professional development day all of the math teachers worked together to look at previous ACT scores and make a plan to help students be more successful.  We looked at problems that most students missed and where they went wrong to know where we needed to adjust our teaching.