Step One: Personal Reflection
In framing your answers to the following questions, make sure to reference your overall add-on program. Discuss your development as a teacher and its relationship to student learning; comparisons between your knowledge, skills and/or dispositions of your existing license and those of your add-on license; any major revelations you’ve had about teaching, learning, students, yourself, etc. and the Ten Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure.
Knowledge: (Standards 1,2,8,9)
- What knowledge have I gained in the new discipline or developmental level that enhanced my professional skills, knowledge and/or dispositions? How/why is this important?
- What knowledge have I gained about how learning occurs within the new discipline or developmental level?
- What, for me, constitutes evidence of student learning in the new discipline or developmental level? How can my teaching facilitate student learning?
Skills: (Standards 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9)
- What patterns or relationships do I find between how I approach teaching under my new license and how I have taught under my current license? What differences do I find?
- What new techniques, activities, tools and types of learning do I find important to incorporate into my instruction of the new discipline or developmental level? Why are they important?
- What do I think are the best methods of communicating essential information and concepts specific to the new discipline and/or the new developmental level to reach students in an inclusive learning environment?
- What do I think are the best tools or manner to collect and/or analyze data on student progress in the new discipline or developmental level?
Dispositions: (Standards 1,2,3,4,7,9,10)
- How does my teaching in the new discipline or developmental level reflect my beliefs and goals? Explain your answer.
- What should students expect of me as a teacher in the new discipline or developmental level?
- How do I build collaboration with colleagues, parents and the community when teaching in the new license area?
Step Two: Artifacts
Your claims about teaching will be most convincing to readers when they are supported by a variety of carefully selected documentation. You are to select and submit 5 artifacts. Analyze and explain your selections in terms of how they demonstrate and support the knowledge, skills and/or dispositions described in your personal reflection. An effective explanation should answer the following questions:
What is the artifact? Where was it used? How was it created? (A two to three sentence description of the item should be sufficient.)
Why is this artifact a particularly appropriate choice? How does the artifact verify your professional growth in knowledge, skills or dispositions? How does your artifact verify the effect of your professional growth on student learning? (Each rationale, approximately eight – ten sentences, should demonstrate careful reflection and analysis.)
The following may serve as a guide in the selection of evidence/artifacts. Remember that evidence and explanations should be specific to the new discipline and/or developmental level of your new license.
- evidence that supports your beliefs about teaching and learning
- evidence that supports your new knowledge
- evidence that supports a moment of accomplishment during your program and/or practicum
- evidence that supports student collaboration during your practicum experience
- evidence that supports an effective approach, tool or activity that was used during your practicum
- evidence that supports data collection, analysis and/or use to promote student progress
- evidence that supports the creation of an engaging or enriching learning environment
- any other evidence that you feel is relevant to and supports your knowledge, skills and/or dispositions described in your personal reflection
Step Three: Final Thoughts
Complete your Teaching Reflection by answering the questions listed below. Reflect on the strengths you will bring to the classroom and/or school in regards to your new license. Consider how you have influenced outcomes of your students. Contemplate goal areas in which you will continue your professional growth.
- How has my thinking about teaching and learning changed throughout the program? Why?
- What will I do next? What’s my goal for teaching in the new license area for the next 3-5 years? What's my plan/design?