Showing professionalism and reflecting on teaching. Maintaining accurate records and participating in a professional community. Communicating with families and growing and developing professionally.
4a-Reflecting on Teaching
4b-Maintaining Accurate Records
4c-Communicating with Families
The lesson plan that is on the left was one of my first lesson plans that I had taught. I used this lesson plan in my kindergarten class. Although I still had the same goal in mind the way I went about was slightly different. The students that I was teaching were different than those that I taught the first time therefore, the way that I taught the lesson was also different. One thing that I did differently was that I did not give myself a time frame for every activity. Being in a classroom has helped me realize that not everything goes as planned and therefore I do not think I need time frames for everything. It is still a good idea to give estimated time for the overall assignment and even then we may take more or less time than what I originally estimated for. This was just one example of how I reflect on my lesson plans.
There are many other things I keep in mind when teaching a lesson to a different group of students.
I used bar graphs to help me organize information on student assignment progress, oral counting progress, number identification progress, letter naming progress, letter sound progress, and attendance. The data was used for progress monitoring. I kept records of my learners progress in paper and then on a weekly basis I transferred the information to a spreadsheet which when automatically turned into these bar graphs. Keeping written records helped me communicate with students' families. The data that had been organized was also used to determine what I would be teaching next in my class. I would have to reteach something or go on to something new.
Throughout the school year I participated in parent-teacher conferences. I provided information to families about the instructional program and the students' progress. I kept some of my students work to show my learners progress. Being bilingual gave me the opportunity to communicate with students' parents who can only communicate in Spanish. On the left side are some of the examples of the work that I kept for parent teacher conferences. Other work examples that I decided to keep for parent teacher conferences were the students handwriting papers (alphabet, name, and numbers), an example of their drawing (telling a story), an example of their mathematical skills (addition ans subtraction), and an example of their science work (a diagram illustration that represents the life cycle of a butterfly).