Reflections on Practice & Growth
Lesson Objective: National Teachers of the Year reflect on learning and growth
All Grades / All Subjects / Learning

Thought starters

  1. How do these teachers talk about their students' growth?
  2. How do these teachers talk about their own growth?
  3. How can strong relationships help to support growth?
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This video was insightful... As teachers we are tasked with making the lessons student centered. Meaning the teacher does less in order to push the students to do more. You have to hold your students to a higher expectation to pursue growth in students. At the same time you have to know your students to recognize their personal growth. 

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Great video. It was an awesome was to see three totally different teachers and listen to their ideology of teaching.
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1) What does Sarah Brown Wessling mention that's meaningful to your own practice? What does she point out that's valuable to keep in mind, each and every new school year? Sarah Brown Wessling shared that she thinks about getting better regularly and is reflective on her practices. She recognizes that it's important to get better with each year because each year we have new students that have different needs. 2) What does Michelle Shearer comment on that truly helps her own practice? What questions does she ask herself in order to reflect on her own practice and improve student performance and growth? Michelle Shearer believes in collaborating and team teaching with a variety of other teachers in order to expand her impact on students. Her goal is by working together, students will get more than they would than from any one teacher. 3) All of the national teachers of the year have different criteria in which they focus on in order to reflect and become better. Choose one teacher that you found yourself in agreement with and explain why you connected to their ideology. Each of the national teachers brought something to the conversation that is important to teaching. I really connect with many of them. I develop relationships with my students and make real world connections trying to inspire them to be life-long learners. However, Sarah Brown Wessling and Michelle Shearer both comment on reflecting and working with colleagues. In my 15 year career, I've been in 11 different positions, in 6 different school, and 3 different school districts. I've always focused on learning the curriculum and students. Now, being in one place for 3 years, I'm finally in a position to reflect more specifically on concepts that I'm teaching and able to discuss those ideas with colleagues to improve instruction.
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-What does Sarah Brown Wessling mention that's meaningful to your own practice? Self-reflection is a key component to always getting better as a teacher. We need to always get better, especially since our student population is always changing. -What does she point out that's valuable to keep in mind, each and every new school year? Sarah mentions that our student population is constantly changing, so we need to constantly be aware of who we are currently teaching and how we can most effectively help them to make progress. -What does Michelle Shearer comment on that truly helps her own practice? Michelle mentions that true growth for her will come from "joining forces and linking arms with other teachers." She mentions collaborating with teachers both inside and outside her content area. -What questions does she ask herself in order to reflect on her own practice and improve student performance and growth? How can she expand the impact she has on her students? -All of the national teachers of the year have different criteria in which they focus on in order to reflect and become better. Choose one teacher that you found yourself in agreement with and explain why you connected to their ideology. I am in agreement with Kim Oliver Burnim's ideology. I like the way she reflects on students that are struggling. She does a great job on collecting data, identifying the deficiency and analyzing her instruction.
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-What does Sarah Brown Wessling mention that's meaningful to your own practice? We have to always work on getting better at our craft. -What does she point out that's valuable to keep in mind, each and every new school year? We get new kids each year so we have to start all over and try to be the best that we can. -What does Michelle Shearer comment on that truly helps her own practice? Michelle believes that collaborating teachers and learning from with them other teacher will help her become the best that she can be.- What questions does she ask herself in order to reflect on her own practice and improve student performance and growth? How can we give the students the most that two or three teachers can give their students. -All of the national teachers of the year have different criteria in which they focus on in order to reflect and become better. Choose one teacher that you found yourself in agreement with and explain why you connected to their ideology. I liked Kim Oliver Burnim because she doesn't expect to be great all of the time with all students. She states that if something doesn't work then you start from the beginning and try again.
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Johnston Senior High School
6501 Nw 62nd Ave
Johnston IA 50131
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