Standard 3

Standard 3CURRICULAR AND PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT KNOWLEDGE ALIGNED WITH STATE RESOURCES                 Knowledge of subject matter and pedagogy with reference to the MCF and other state sponsored resources, for consistent and equitable learning in Michigan schools, including the ability to:

(a) Design and implement instruction aligned with the MCF, Universal Education Vision and Principles, and the Michigan Educational Technology Standards; In every lesson plan that I implemented in the classroom and everyone I created for daily subject knowledge and my unit plan, I had at least one MCF and GLCE included.  These frameworks and expectations are wholey what I base my learning object around.  Connected is a lesson plan that shows the connections and implementation of these standards and expectations. (attach file)

(b) Create learning environments that promote critical and higher order thinking skills, foster the acquisition of deep knowledge, and provide connections beyond the classrooms to promote substantive conversation and clear structured writing among teachers and learners regarding subject matter acquisition;

(e) Engage students in activities that demonstrate the purpose and function of subject matter to make connections to the world beyond the classroom and enhance the relationship and relevance to a global society;

(b,e) Going beyond just hearing, listening to, and repeating back information is the importance of deeper knowledge and understanding in a classroom.  In order to obtain such high understanding it is vital to foster high ideals of acquisition and this is why I see question based instruction as an effective learning technique.  In my student teaching experience I would always push students to think deeper and make connections about what we are learning.  I would ask them…Why do you think that happens?  Can you explain that to me? How are some other ways it would work?  How does this connect to your life?  This questioning can be present in any subject matter and is critical to push your students to think more about the topic they are learning.  It promotes them to be higher thinkers and challenges them to think uniquely and thoughtfully.  Attached is a lesson plan where I implemented text to text, text to self, and text to world connections.  After reading a text, it is important to have students think of it as more than just words on a page. That they can make a connection to parts of a story we read to a story they have read before, to their own life, or to something that goes on in the world around us.  (Attach file)

(c)  Help each student to learn how to safely and responsibly access and use resources to become a discerning independent learner and problem solver (e.g., print materials, information technology, assistive technology);   I assisted students with computer technology and learning the basic skills of how to save documents onto a computer or flash drive and I also assisted my mentor teacher with many technology related tasks such as uploading a file to an email, uploading pictures to his computer, an on line grade book, and entering student assessments.  The technology lab provided me with a place in which my students could work on typing their stories they created as part of my reading and writing unit plan.

(d) Design instruction so that students are engaged in actively integrating and transferring knowledge across the curriculum;   Integration of subjects is so vital to student learning.  Not all students are interested in every subject but they do have a subject or two that they enjoy or understand more.  Thus, it is important to make the connection between subjects with students so they can be more actively engaged and interested.  In my Unit Plan I integrated reading, writing, and social studies.  It was important to me to show the connections that each subject has to each other to my students.  Attached is a lesson plan in which I did just that. (attach file)

(f)  Evaluate, adapt, and modify instructional strategies, technologies, and other educational resources to enhance the learning of each student; It is important to adapt and modify instructional strategies, technologies, and assessments in order to best accommodate student learning.  I have learned throughout student teaching that no lesson plan is a set plan.  It is important to be flexible with students.  As part of my unit plan I had students write stories.  I intended for them to be written, edited, and finished by a particular date.  After evaluating their work progress and efforts I saw that although many students were working hard and using my time given effectively to work on their stories, they still weren’t near to the point of finishing when I thought they would be or when I made the due date.  I gave the students four more days to work on their stories and slowly they started turning them in and the results were fantastic.  I quickly learned that some projects just take longer and that students work at their own pace.  It is important to be able to adjust and work with that as a teacher.

(g)  Embrace teaching through appropriate and creative activities utilizing instructional techniques that are supported by current research.  enjoyed creating lessons that pushed students’ creativity and focused on the arts.  I believe implementing different strategies of learning such as inquiry based, question based, whole class discussion, independent work time, group work and hands on activities in the classroom is essential.  Elementary students have low attention spans and need hands on activities to keep them engaged and help develop their talents and creativity.  I promoted and encouraged students to draw and paint and illustrations was a big topic I taught and had them practice as a part of my unit plan.