Describe a professional goal you have for yourself. Why have you identified this as a need or interest? What actions will you take? How will you assess goal attainment?
- My goal as an educator is to find ways to inspire in all my students an interest in science.
- I find that different personalities are naturally different in their level of interested in subjects such as science. It takes something of an analytical mind to resonate with science initially. But I believe everyone can be taught to appreciate the topic to some degree and there are some aspects of science that they will resonate with.
- To identify what will spark an interest in science in each individual will take some creative assessments as well as exposing students to the many different facts of science to see which sparks an interest.
- I will assess my success in this based on whether I can see students taking interest in at least some of the projects they have to work on in class. If there is some area that they enjoy working on, I can use that particular area to help them better understand how science works.
What actions can you take to remain a connected educator throughout your career?
- I have found numerous resource and training sites online that I intend to use regularly to help keep myself up to date as an educator. Besides this, working in close collaboration with other grade level and subject teachers will prove very helpful as well.
What can you do personally and professionally, to sustain the energy it takes to be passionate about students, teaching, and learning?
- I believe remaining passionate about teaching requires living a balanced live. This includes allocating sufficient time to spend with family and friends, time to work on personal hobbies and interests as well as to keep physically active. This requires setting careful boundaries and not allowing any area of life to eclipse the others.
Include one quote from your reflective coach or administrator about your talents or strengths.
- ‘I thought you did a great job in asking questions requiring students to know the differences in very similar terms in describing motion and you did well in eliciting responses from them as you circulated amongst the table groups and rooms. ‘
What advice do you have for new teachers entering the profession?
- I would say that the key to success as a beginning teacher is to give yourself time. Things might seem overwhelming at first but most difficulties get resolved over time. It’s best to prioritize the needs and focus on one area at a time in order of importance. Take advantage of the many resources available online and of your coach while in the induction program, as they are there to help.
Reflection On Professional Growth and Development
It is encouraging to look at the self-evaluations from the beginning and the end of the program. My confidence in my own abilities has definitely improved.
When I began the program I had just taken a position where the class had had a substitute for half the school year. Moreover, I myself had not been in a classroom since 2007. Besides this, the school was not able to give me any resources besides the textbook, none of the other teachers in my subject area were available to help and there was no information available about what previous teachers had covered with the class.
A lot of my initial concerns had to do with classroom management as some of the classes had gotten out of hand when the subs were there. I came in on the first day and the students told me that the class was bad, I would not be able to change that and I shouldn’t try. For the first several weeks I had to work closely with the office and with parents to get things under control.
Thus, I was not sure at that time how I would be able to ‘Create an Effective Environment’ or ‘Engage & Support All Students in Learning.’ But, once the classroom situation was brought under control, all this started to fall into place.
I was always more confident in my knowledge of the subject matter but that has also improved over time. And, the daily practice as well as the help of the induction program has helped me improve my instructional planning and my ability to design learning experiences that appealed to all students.
I think that overall, my development as a professional educator is well under way. This is not to imply that I don’t think there is always room for growing. I think teaching is the kind of profession where a person has to remain adaptable no matter what the level of experience. I enjoy growing with my students as they mature in their understanding.