Standard 6

Standard 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;  Education is highly valued by society in America.  It is almost essential to success to go to college and definitely to receive a high school diploma.  I stress that to students every day. I remind them how lucky they are to be living in a free society and country where they have the privilege and right to go to school and receive an education.

(b)  Synthesize a teacher’s role in a changing society with the evolution of educational foundations and policy perspectives;  Being a teacher in this ever changing society it is essential to be open minded to new strategies, new curriculum, and new teaching methods?  Along with that teachers need to be conscious of the changing societal norms of their students and respect every student in the classroom.  It is important to be willing to change as a teacher and let new ideas come forward.  While I was student teaching I got to see the reaction of my mentor teacher when he was told he had to incorporate the Lucy Calkins literacy strategies and lessons into action.  I got the chance to integrate this new curriculum into my daily lessons in the time I was student teaching.  Attached is an example of one of Lucy’s lessons on observing what was read within a text, recognizing those observations, and then turning them into the big idea from a story or something important they learned.  (attach file)

(c)  Demonstrate an understanding of and participate in related organizations and activities in the communities in which the teacher works; Teachers’ jobs do not stop when the bell rings at the end of every day.  I have seen through my student teaching that teachers are involved in many outside of the classroom activities and involvement.  It is important to go to union meetings, to coach a sport, to run a peer-to peer program, after school learning book club, or start a Girl’s on the Run program.  These are all things I found that teachers did in my time while student teaching at Walter’s Elementary.  I myself would love to coach basketball or soccer at the school I teach someday.

(d) Use community and home resources to enhance school programs and instruction;   I used student’s home resources in my unit plan I created.  Part of the unit plan was the students had to write a story and at the end students had to type it up, if student’s had a computer at home that helped them work on their story at home so they were able to involve their parents and finish it in a timely manner.   Attached is a letter from the author, Patricia Polacco, of whom we are studying and reading all her books as a part of my unit plan.  This letter is to one of my students in the classroom.  Her mother is friends with Patricia Polacco and the student brought in the letter and picture and shared it with the other students at share time.  It was very to see that connection of home, community, and school made with a very exciting example. (attach file)

(e) Design learning activities for students that involve volunteer groups, civic and social organizations, and relevant public service agencies; It is important for students to become aware of volunteer groups, civic and social organizations and their importance in their community.  During my student teaching a group of high school students, called the YAKERs came in and read to the students.  After they did this they discussed with students the importance of volunteering and helping people who are in need.  Together the class came up with an organization that they as a whole wanted to raise money and donate to and also set aside time to do volunteer work.

(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.  As a part of my student teaching process I was required to go to school board meetings, staff meetings, Union meetings, and personal Development days in order to best get the feel of  how older professional educators work collaboratively and cooperatively to find strategies that best fit the needs of the district and or school’s learners.