Plans for Growth

The field of teaching is constantly changing, and being a part of it requires continually working hard to learn new concepts and methods. Teachers should continually seek to deepen their knowledge of the field, because new research is published every day. It’s important to keep in mind that sometimes, our students teach us just as much as we teach them. Ten years from now, I want to be a teacher who has evolved over those years and learned lots of new things – not a teacher who has been using the same techniques for those ten years.

There are many ways in which I can learn throughout the years;

  • Self-reflection
  • Observation of colleagues
  • Workshops and conferences
  • Literature
  • Collaborating with peers, students, parents, and the community

Professional Goals for Pre-internship

Being Organized

  • Having lessons pre-planned and ready to go
    • having target sheets for co-operating teacher to go with lessons
  • Having all handouts and rubrics made and photo-copied for students for each day
  • Making sure all online resources are set up prior to lessons
    • having back-ups in case of technology problems

Developing Professional Communication Skills

  • Being professional during all correspondence with co-op, partner, advisor, and professors (including electronic)
  • Knowing who to talk to around the school for different needs and effectively communicating with them when needed
  • Maintaining professional communication boundaries with students

Professional Goals for Internship

Classroom Management

  • Establishing “class norms” at the beginning of my placement
  • Building relationships as a means of gaining mutual respect
  • Having classroom management strategies practiced and kept “in my back pocket” for unexpected situations

Getting Involved in the School Community

  • Joining at least two extracurricular activities at my assigned school
  • Helping out where needed; staff meetings, school events, etc.

Familiarizing Myself with the Curriculum

  • Going through the curriculum over the summer for all ELA classes
  • Rewriting outcomes and indicators as “I can” statements to familiarize myself; This can also help me make sure I am using student-friendly language when I teach