Category: Instructional Practice
The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
Artifact: Memoir Unit Plan
Description: My Memoir Unit Plan provides evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 6. In this unit plan, students write and illustrate a short six word memoir, read and respond to a short story memoir, and write their own memoir. These multiple methods of assessment allow students to demonstrate understanding of the content in a variety of ways. The unit plan engages learners in their own growth by focusing on a subject that is important and engaging to students: themselves. Lastly, the skills required in this unit, such as reading comprehension and writing, are presented as “works in progress;” something that students will continue to improve upon throughout the year and that both students and teacher can monitor the growth of.
Reflection: The experience of creating and implementing this unit plan allowed for my professional growth, as I was able to see the strengths and weaknesses of students (such as writing or reading comprehensions) and the importance of providing a variety of assessments for a diverse group of students. Additionally, this unit plan helped me to understand how important it is to students and their families to be able to track their own progress, particularly in regard to writing. In my future teaching practice, I will be sure to provide a variety of assessments for students and will encourage my students to become invested in their academic growth.
Artifact: Student-Led Conferences
Description: My Student-Led Conferences provide evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 6. For our conferences, my cooperating teacher and I decided to conduct student-led conferences. We decided together that this would allow students to take responsibility for their work and would require them to set goals and articulate these goals to their parents or guardians. With the conferences, students reflected upon and were able to display a variety of assessments that have been used in class so that they and their parents could monitor their progress and come up with strategies for improvement.
Reflection: The experience of preparing students for and participating in Student-Led Conferences allowed for my professional growth, as I was able to see how important it is for students to be invested in their own academic success. In my future teaching practice I will undoubtedly use Student-Led Conferences as I believe they are more effective and beneficial to all parties than traditional parent teacher conferences.