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Wednesday, June 23

  1. page Working with Diverse Students edited ... The Diversity of the Student Population with Whom I have Worked: {2009_0424Image0040.JPG} We…
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    Beyond my experiences in the general education classroom, I have also worked with students in an entirely special needs school. At this school, The Children’s Institute in Verona, NJ, I worked as a one-to-one aide for a little boy with autism. The entire classroom population was composed of eight students with varying levels of autism and one child who was severely neurologically impaired. Several of the students in this classroom were additionally diagnosed with ADHD. The many of the students also received physical, occupational, and speech therapies on a regular basis. The children with whom I worked in this setting had special needs that were severe enough to restrict them from the general education classroom, but I feel that the exposure I had to working with this population gave me a better understanding for working with students with special needs in the general education setting.
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    I have also had students who are more kinesthetic learners. For these students, I have incorporated activities in my lessons that require them to move and pretend or act out the concept I am trying to teach them. For instance, when teaching my students about the parts of plants, I had them pretend that their body parts were different parts of the plant. Their feet were the roots, bodies were the stems, hands and arms were the leaves, and heads were the flowers. I also used physical activities in mathematics by having the students use their bodies like balance scales, making the lighter object rise in one hand and the heavier object fall in the other.
    Some of my learners have been more creative, artistic, and visual in their learning. For these students, I have especially enjoyed incorporating a great deal of drawing into my lessons. Having a background in visual arts, I can draw very quickly and create rather accurate depictions of most things I wish to include while teaching. For example, in one lesson, I used drawing to engage several of my least focused students on learning about the value of money by drawing their favorite animal and the food the animal would need, as pictured below.
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  2. page Reflection on Competencies edited The School of Education at The College of William and Mary is dedicated to creating the best teache…
    The School of Education at The College of William and Mary is dedicated to creating the best teachers to join the profession of education. To accomplish this goal, the school has created four areas in which all students successfully completing the program must gain competency: content knowledge, reflective practices, collaborative interactions, and educational leadership. Each of these areas adds to the future educator as a whole and builds them into the best teacher possible. Through my instruction in The School of Education, I believe that I have developed these different parts to make myself into a strong educator.
    The back-bone of being a teacher is having content knowledge. Without such a background, I could not hope to be a successful teacher, and there is certainly a great deal to know when being an elementary school teacher! I seek out the knowledge that will help me to share learning with my students in all the core subject areas but also things like the arts, technology, and physical education. But content knowledge includes a great deal more than knowing where the Civil War ended or how to define a parallelogram. It also means a lifelong commitment to learning and improving myself so that I can continually grow as an educator. I also need to understand how to help my students to learn the material I am trying to teach to them and share with them. If I have a wealth of knowledge but lack the skills by which to impart that knowledge, I will not be able to serve my students, therefore I make my best attempts possible at teaching based on my observations and knowledge from various professors and coursework. Depending upon the outcomes I see, I adjust my teaching to better serve my students.
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  3. page Educational Technology edited ... 2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments In today's technology …
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    2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
    In today's technology driven world, it is important that we as educators do our very best to prepare our students to be part of that world. Technology comes in so many different forms that teachers are able to apply it in a variety of differentiated assignments in the classroom that meet the needs of students' diverse learning styles and abilities. Technology can be used to encourage creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration, inquiry, and many other forms of learning. It is the responsibility of the teacher to seek out ways to integrate different forms of technology in lessons to reach the needs of her students and give them a greater understanding of technology along with their curriculum materials.
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    I believe that when students experience support at home, they will be able to do better in school. This makes the connection between my classroom and my students' home environments so important. However, there are many ways that communication between me and a parent/guardian can fail. Printed newsletters can be lost on their way from backpack to parent; phone calls can be missed and not returned; meetings can be impossible to schedule due to factors like parents working multiple jobs. All of these break down communication. But I believe that technology can be used to effectively communicate relevant information from the classroom to students and parents through a classroom website. My classroom website is still very new and being developed, but it currently includes places where I can leave messages to my students' parents/guardians, a calendar for displaying important school-related dates such as closed and early dismissal days, a copy of the classroom schedule, and a page that features photos of the students and some of their classroom creations. Using a classroom website allows parents to gain access to classroom information quickly and relatively easily. If they have computer access, all they need to do is go to the web address. I have even included a link back to my practicum placement's school page for reference.
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    Beyond the idea of communicating with parents through technology, I feel that it is important that I use technology as a means to reevaluate how to approach teaching certain lessons. For example, demonstrations are very common in a science classroom. However, there are a breadth of problems with achieving a demonstration which can be observed by all students at the same time. Generally, there is never enough space for all students to be around the demonstration at once which results in students either missing out on what is going on or students jockeying for positions closer to the demonstration. As a teacher, I would take many of these same demonstrations and perform them with the use of a document camera. This would allow all of my students to see what is going on without pushing, shoving, or possibly being too close to the demonstration. This website has a video of just such a demonstration incorporating a SMART document camera and SMART board.
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    In addition, I believe that it is very useful and important for teachers to stay informed about research which is being conducted in education and technology. Teachers may share information with one another, but it is always best for an educator to examine an original source. Take for example this article which rebuffs the idea that we remember "90% of what we say and do." Instead, it goes on to describe how technology can be used to integrate visual and text/auditory information to increase the performance of learners. This sort of knowledge is highly informative for teachers who are planning the ways in which they will approach a lesson.
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  4. page Educational Technology edited ... and Creativity I I believe that ... any teacher could can tell you, ... to engage…
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    In all instances, it is important that technology is adding to the experience in the classroom in some manner which is innovative, engaging, and authentic. To accomplish this meaningful and creative use of technology, it is important that an educator be very familiar with the kinds of technology available for use in lessons. If a teacher does not know how to use a device or a program, she cannot take full advantage of all the possible creative and innovative uses for it in the classroom. One such piece of technology which is becoming more commonly used in classrooms today is the document camera. This device can be deceptively similar to an overhead projector in the hands of an operator who does not know how to use it! Therefore, I worked collaboratively with a cohort on the creation of a Technology Expert Module entitled Not Your Mom's Overhead to share information about using document cameras and creative ways teachers can use this piece of technology.
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    I believe that when students experience support at home, they will be able to do better in school. This makes the connection between my classroom and my students' home environments so important. However, there are many ways that communication between me and a parent/guardian can fail. Printed newsletters can be lost on their way from backpack to parent; phone calls can be missed and not returned; meetings can be impossible to schedule due to factors like parents working multiple jobs. All of these break down communication. But I believe that technology can be used to effectively communicate relevant information from the classroom to students and parents through a classroom website. My classroom website is still very new and being developed, but it currently includes places where I can leave messages to my students' parents/guardians, a calendar for displaying important school-related dates such as closed and early dismissal days, a copy of the classroom schedule, and a page that features photos of the students and some of their classroom creations. Using a classroom website allows parents to gain access to classroom information quickly and relatively easily. If they have computer access, all they need to do is go to the web address. I have even included a link back to my practicum placement's school page for reference.
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    Beyond the idea of communicating with parents through technology, I feel that it is important that I use technology as a means to reevaluate how to approach teaching certain lessons. For example, demonstrations are very common in a science classroom. However, there are a breadth of problems with achieving a demonstration which can be observed by all students at the same time. Generally, there is never enough space for all students to be around the demonstration at once which results in students either missing out on what is going on or students jockeying for positions closer to the demonstration. As a teacher, I would take many of these same demonstrations and perform them with the use of a document camera. This would allow all of my students to see what is going on without pushing, shoving, or possibly being too close to the demonstration. This website has a video of just such a demonstration incorporating a SMART document camera and SMART board.
    4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
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    I feel that professional growth and leadership are vital to the continued development of a successful classroom teacher. To accomplish this, teachers need to work in collaborative settings with other educators and professionals in their community to expand as well as re-evaluate their knowledge and understanding of their craft. This need for continued development is especially apparent in terms of technology because of the constant change and flux of what is available to educators. However, it also is the responsibility of educators to examine the relative advantage to including technology in a lesson and deciding if that inclusion is worthwhile or not. This was one of the goals of the collaborative Design Team Project created by a group of my fellow future educators and me to examine how technology might be used in the classroom to improve student learning by getting them engaged and keeping them that way throughout a lesson. We each acted as leaders by generating our own vignettes about hands-on learning in the classroom, which did or did not incorporate technology based on the best judgment of the teacher composing the vignette. We then disseminated this information to other members of our course through a presentation and posting of the information on a class wikispace.
    In addition, I believe that it is very useful and important for teachers to stay informed about research which is being conducted in education and technology. Teachers may share information with one another, but it is always best for an educator to examine an original source. Take for example this article which rebuffs the idea that we remember "90% of what we say and do." Instead, it goes on to describe how technology can be used to integrate visual and text/auditory information to increase the performance of learners. This sort of knowledge is highly informative for teachers who are planning the ways in which they will approach a lesson.

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  5. page Professional Dispositions edited I see the field of education as a career which requires professional individuals. This requires som…
    I see the field of education as a career which requires professional individuals. This requires someone to do more than simply show up to work, do their job, and go home. It requires planning, effort, reflection, participation in continuing learning and development and more. I believe that I have developed into just such as individual through my coursework, student teaching, and outside experiences in the professional field.
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    Reflection on my own teaching has become a common practice for me through the education I received from The College of William and Mary. As part of the foundation of the program, I learned a great deal about analyzing my own teaching and what I see around me. One set of assignments in which I reflected upon my teaching was in my mathematics course. For this project, I reflected upon teaching three different problem solving activities to the students in my kindergarten placement. I considered what they did but also what I had done. Within social studies, I wrote this reflection upon the ways in which the social sciences and the arts play a vital role in education as well as my demonstration of meeting the requirements of the college’s conceptual framework up until that point.
    Within my student teaching, I try to reflect on how my students are progressing by keeping anecdotal records. After teaching a lesson, I use what I have titled a Student Participation Sheet. This sheet lists all the students in my class, and next to each child’s name is space for a note. If the student is absent, I make note of it so that I can address the learning with the student during choice time when they return. I did just this with a student who missed three days of school to spend time with her father before he was deployed to Iraq. I also use this sheet to make note of students who are doing exceptionally well with a lesson and need more challenges or who are struggling with a concept and need additional help. I am unable to always do one of these sheets for all students, but I feel having something on which I can make notes of important information about student progress during lessons helps me to be a better educator.
    Meeting professional expectations
    There are many parts to being a professional, and it is important to live up to the expectations of the education profession. I believe that I have shown that I am a responsible individual who holds myself to high standards. I consistently put forth as much effort and enthusiasm as I can in all the work I do, but especially when it comes to being a teacher. I strive to make lessons which meet the needs of all my students and treat them fairly. I took initiative during my practicum to help out in my classroom as much as possible as well as using the resources available to me to the best of my ability. I have been a constant observer, trying to learn all that I can from the skills of others as well as the knowledge I have gained from my coursework. For instance, I learned about “catching a student being good,” and now I try to use that as a technique for classroom management.
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    I additionally feel that portfolios are a good form of assessing growth in students over time, and these pre- and post-assessments of plants were part of a larger portfolio my students created on plants. This image below shows the components of the completed portfolio for this student which included written work, art, a song with associated physical activities, drawings, and other materials.
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