Work Demonstrating Goal Mastery
The Education Department of Roanoke College, from which I received my Virginia State licensure for Elementary School (PK-6), required mastery of six educational goals before beginning my teaching career. The following sample work demonstrates this mastery and should give a fairly clear picture of my experience and competency as a teacher.
Use the central concepts, tools, and structures of the discipline.
1.1 Read, write, and speak standardized English clearly, accurately and efficiently.
1.2 Relate the importance of cultural perspective to the discipline.
1.3 Use new information, skills, attitudes, and applies the learning.
1.4 Use appropriate technology to learn and to teach.
1.5 Identify and describe the important concepts within the major discipline.
1.6 Accesses, assesses and synthesizes information from disparate sources.
1.7 Observe, reason and extrapolate skillfully.
Implement instruction in a manner which reflects pedagogical mastery and care for students.
3.1 Apply cognitive learning theory and practice to teach and assess learning effectively.
3.2 Teach to accommodate the diverse needs of learners (spiritual, social, mental, cultural, and physical).
3.3 Implement general principles of good classroom management.
3.4 Encourage balanced intellectual, moral and personal growth.
3.5 Create a positive classroom environment where risk-taking while learning is encouraged.
3.6 Formulate good solutions to management and instructional problems.
3.7 Construct products that require students to rethink, use, and extend learning.
3.8 Assess student learning using a variety of methods including self and peer assessment.
3.9 Engage students to think out loud to monitor learning and misunderstandings.
3.10 Use effective questioning strategies.
3.11 Implement strategies for ending lessons effectively
Understand and develop compelling instruction appropriate to a wide range of learners.
2.1 Articulate and explain the importance of the elements key to effective instructional design.
2.2 Describe key elements of constructivist-based teaching and design lessons based on them.
2.3 Design lessons with well-aligned goals, objectives, instructional activities and assessments.
2.4 Design lessons which differentiate content, process and/or product.
2.5 Describe the characteristics of special needs learners and relevant legislation.
2.6 Design lessons based on student readiness, modality preference, intelligence, and interest.
2.7 Analyze, evaluate and revise lessons to make them more effective.
2.8 Describe the elements of cooperative learning and design lessons which incorporate them.
2.9 Describe at least 3 different lesson plan models.
ProgressKnow how to grow as a professional teacher.
4.1 Identify major professional organizations and utilize their resources for teachers.
4.2 Desire to effect positive change in the professional environment.
4.3 Engage peers, colleagues, and parents in conversation relevant to teaching and learning.
4.4 Use peer and supervisor feedback to assess and modify instructional planning and performance.
4.5 Describe how to foster positive community relationships.
4.6 Describe key practices which enable succesful teachers to persevere.