Category: Instructional Practice
The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
Artifact: Curriculum Analysis
Description: My Curriculum Analysis provides evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 7. My analysis examines the curricula of my student teaching placement district and classroom and compares aspects of these curricula to the Common Core Curriculum. With this analysis, I look at the objectives and content of my district and classroom curricula, my classroom activities that meet these objectives, and assessments that support every student in meeting rigorous learning goals.
Reflection: The experience of working on my Curriculum Analysis allowed for my professional growth, as I was able to see the many elements that inform instructional practice, such as the needs of the specific community, district curriculum, and a teacher’s own knowledge of content areas and cross-disciplinary skills. In my future teaching practice I will be sure to look just as thoroughly at the different curricula that my district and school use.
Artifact: Learning with Communities
Description: My Learning with Communities reflection provides evidence that I have met InTASC Standard 7. This artifact is a reflection on the community in which my student teaching placement is located. The reflection contains a windshield survey of the neighborhood, a description of the community, a discussion of the community’s assets and issues, and a discussion on how I plan to use this information to inform my teaching in this community. The reflection directly discusses how to plan for instruction based on the specific needs and assets of this community and the learners in my school.
Reflection: The experience of working on the Learning with Communities reflection allowed for my professional growth, as I was able to put into practice much of the knowledge I learned in my education classes about planning for instruction for a specific community. In my future teaching practice, I will conduct similar research on the communities in which I teach in order to better understand my students and their families.