Standard 1: Learner Development

Category: Learner and Learning

The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Artifact: Teaching and Learning Statement

Description: My Teaching and Learning Statement provides evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 1. In Part I of the Teaching and Learning Statement I explain the central theories of constructivism, a philosophy of learner growth and development, and why I have based my teaching philosophy on this theory. In Part III I explain how constructivism can be implemented to create innovative, developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences for students, and provide several examples of these learning experiences. In Part IV of the Teaching and Learning Statement, I describe how constructivist-based teaching is inherently student-centered and inclusive, as it welcomes diversity in cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas. Overall, my Teaching and Learning Statement reflects an understanding of learner growth and development and shows how I have used this understanding to create innovative and inclusive learning experiences.

Reflection: The experience of writing my Teaching and Learning Statement and implementing some of its ideas in my student teaching classroom allowed for my professional growth, as I was able to see how theory can be applied in practice. Additionally, with this writing assignment, I was able to reflect upon and clearly articulate my teaching philosophy, an exercise that I believe will be useful to my future teaching practice.