Assess and reflect upon your current understanding of important knowledge and skills needed in the teaching profession by completing the assessment surveys and addressing specific areas for further development. For this assignment:
1. Complete the surveys; one of which is a 30 question self-analysis and the other a matrix of your understanding of diverse classrooms.
2. Find 5 areas that you selected “no”, “undecided”, or “low”. If you did not assess yourself accordingly in 5 areas, select 5 areas to address. Do not feel compelled to select “yes” or “high” on each survey item. You are not expected to have a high level of understanding of the majority of these characteristics at this early point in your teacher preparation.
3. Write a 7 paragraph paper: 1 paragraph introduction including a thesis statement of the 5 areas you will address; body of 5 paragraphs discussing the 5 areas that you selected (1 paragraph per area), address how you will obtain more knowledge/development or why you selected “no”, “undecided”, or “low”; and a 1 paragraph conclusion.
Assess and reflect upon your current understanding of important knowledge and skills needed in the teaching profession by completing the assessment surveys and addressing specific areas for further de
The following self-analysis will help you reflect on your choice of teaching as a career. For any items for which you answer “no” or “undecided”, you might ask friends, classmates, colleagues or instructors how you might improve your knowledge and/or skills in these areas. Do I believe all children can learn? Do I have high expectations for myself and others? Am I dedicated to learning the necessary content knowledge and teaching skills? Can I easily see myself as a professional? Do I look forward to subscribing to professional journals? Do I look forward to participating in professional organizations for teachers? Am I willing to uphold high ethical and professional standards for myself? Am I willing to learn new things and to change? Am I willing to devote myself to ongoing professional development as a teacher? Do I see myself as a lifelong learner? Am I willing to continue my teacher education to improve my knowledge and skills? Am I committed to basing my classroom practice on education research? Do I want to spend my days in close contact and interaction with children and young people? Are teachers the kind of people with whom I want to work? Am I willing to invest time and energy in professional collaborations? Am I willing to do more than what is “required” of me? Am I willing to give more time to students than a teaching contract may specify? Am I willing to communicate my teaching philosophy and practices to parents and others? Am I willing to work at developing parent-school and community-school partnerships? Am I willing to teach children of all cultures and racial and ethnic backgrounds? Do I have the energy, sense of humor, enthusiasm, and outgoingness teachers need? Am I a flexible person and able to deal with situations in highly active environments? Do I have good organizational, managerial, and leadership skills? Do I have a strong sense of self-efficacy as a teacher? Am I willing to undertake periods of apprenticeship as a preservice and novice teacher? Am I willing to undergo periodic formal evaluations of my teaching performance? Am I willing to explore many alternatives in finding jobs opportunities as a teacher? Will I be willing to relocate to take advantage of teaching opportunities? Can I initially meet my needs on a teacher’s starting salary and benefits? Will I be satisfied with a salary based on educational attainment and years of service? Student Learning in Diverse Classrooms Understanding or Skill Level of Understanding or Skill High Medium Low My understanding of: The importance of equity The effects of differential treatments Student abilities and learning styles Student exceptionalities Culture, race, and ethnicity Culturally diverse classrooms Multicultural education Language diversity Gender Differences Social class differences My ability to: Treat students fairly Show respect for all students Work with students with disabilities Work with gifted students Work with racially & culturally diverse students Work with language-diverse students Work with gender differences