Portfolio Presentation Kayla Daniels PHED 407v Internship Fall 2009
I believe you should treat all students fairly.
I value my students learning.
I highly value honesty.
I believe all students should be challenged to reach their learning potential.
My role is to give my students the best possible education.
I will engage my students in developmentally appropriate and meaningful tasks.
I want all of my students to succeed.
I will create opportunities for students to do the right thing.
I will be consistent of my rules and consequences.
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I am writing to apply for the position of long-term substitute for physical education at Apple Glen Elementary School that I saw on the Bentonville Public School website.
This statement lets my reader know exactly what position I am applying for.
You will see through my enclosed resume that my education, work experience, and leadership roles have prepared me for this position.
This lets my reader know that I have enclosed a resume where they can further view how my talents have equipped me for the job.
Through my internship at Tyson Elementary in Springdale, being a mentor to a 5 year old autistic child at Building Bridges- Sugar Creek in Bentonville, and working with various elementary schools throughout Fayetteville with the University of Arkansas, I have gained the proper work experience to prepare me for this job.
This statement directly lets my reader know that I have experience in the skills related to the job and a general view of those skills.
Ms. St John, please accept this letter as an expression of my genuine interest in pursuing my teaching career at Apple Glen Elementary. I would love to meet with you so we can discuss how my talent, professionalism, and enthusiasm will add value to your program. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon.
This is my closing statement which tells the reader exactly what I am expecting after they have read through my cover letter and resume.
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OBJECTIVE: To obtain the long-term substitute position for physical education at Apple Glen Elementary.
This lets my audience know what my purpose is for sending a resume
Candidate for B.S.E. Kinesiology p-12
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville GPA: 3.5
This is important because I have a high GPA and a college degree in the field in which I am applying
Internship Southwest Junior High
Internship Tyson Elementary
Building Bridges-Sugar Creek Elementary
Conway High School West
This is important because I have a lot of experience in this particular field and I have listed the tasks for what I have done at each job.
Listing my Honors and Activities is important because it shows my work ethic and my need to succeed in what I am a part of.
Listing my volunteer work shows my dedication and drive for activities outside of work helping the community.
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Domain A: Organizing Content Knowledge for Student Learning
A1 :becoming familiar with relevant aspects of students’ background knowledge and experiences.
-I spoke with my students daily on their activities outside the classroom. I also talked to them about their cultures and showed interest in their customs. I spoke with my mentor about their home situation to get a better feel for where the girls were coming from.
A2 :articulating clear learning goals that are appropriate for the students.
-Each morning I wrote on a large calendar, which is posted next to the lock room door, what we will be doing that day. Before class starts the students are in their “rows” in the gym. I then tell them the activity we will be doing and the goal of the activity. When we did an activity called Scooter Spelling, I informed the girls that the goal of this activity was to get their team to the other end of the gym only using 2 scooters and 2 hula-hoops and correctly spell the correct answer to the question asked using the football terminology we had learned.
A3 :demonstrating an understanding of the connections between the content that was learned previously, the current content, and the content that remains to be learned in the future.
-As I was getting ready to start a softball lesson with my students I had to figure out what they already knew, what I wanted to teach them, and then what content still would remain to be learned in the future. I knew the girls had all thrown a softball ball before but some had never swung a bat or played the game. So, for my lesson I taught them how to bat properly, after reviewing how to throw. Then I knew for my future lesson that I would be teaching them how to play the game, the rules, and putting it all together.
A4 :creating or selecting teaching methods, learning activities, and instructional materials or other resources that are appropriate for the students and that are aligned with the goals of the lesson.
-One thing I did that they really seemed to enjoy was I used balloons to start my lesson on volleyball. The goal of my lesson was for the girls to get the feel of the proper stance and form for passing and setting a ball. With their skill level I knew it would be easier for them to start with a balloon as opposed to a regular volleyball.
A5 : creating or selecting evaluation strategies that are appropriate for the students and that are aligned with the goals of the lesson.
- For the most part I did mental evaluations. However, when I was teaching a specific skill such as batting, I used an evaluation rubric. If I could tell a girl’s stance was incorrect or her swing was incorrect I would immediately fix it.
Pathwise Domain b
Domain B: Creating an Environment for Student Learning
B1: creating a climate that promotes fairness.
-One way I promote fairness is when two teams are playing a game, for example kickball, I have one person from each team “rock, paper, scissors” for what team will kick first. Another way I have done this with my students is if some students are coming in late due to various things such as testing, I will have other students help them out by telling them what is going on when they walk in the gym.
B2: establishing and maintaining rapport with students.
-I always try to call my students by name. I think it is very important to be personable with you students and directly call them by name. Not only do I know all of my students names but I will talk to them about their weekend/night and get to know more about their personal life.
B3: communicating challenging learning expectations to each student.
-I realize that every student is at a different physical level but you still need to give a common expectation to all students. I make sure to tell my students the goal of the activity and my expectations for them.
Pathwise Domain B…
B4: establishing and maintaining consistent standards of classroom behavior.
-Classroom rules are posted in the locker room. If the students get off track and are not using proper classroom behavior I will give them reinforcement.
B5: making the physical environment as safe and conducive to learning as possible.
- In a physical education setting there are several pieces of equipment that can quickly become dangerous. The gym floor should only have equipment on it that is going to be used for the activity at the time. I always set up equipment before the students arrive in the gym.
Pathwise Domain C
Domain C: Teaching for Student Learning
C1: making learning goals and instructional procedures clear to students.
-At the beginning of each lesson I will write the goal for the lesson on the board and I will explain the goal to the students.
C2: making content comprehensible to students.
-Some students are learning the content for the first time and others it is merely a review. The best way for me to know if the content has been made comprehensible to the students is not only asking them questions and having them answer, but by observing how they do a skill/activity.
C3: encouraging students to extend their thinking.
- After lessons I will ask questions to help extend students thinking; such as “If I throw the football to my receiver but it is caught by the other team, what is this called?” I also do many cooperative game activities in order to get my students critically thinking.
Pathwise Domain C…
C4: monitoring students’ understanding of content through a variety of means, providing feedback to students to assist learning, and adjusting learning activities as the situation demands.
-Students were doing an activity where they had to correctly spell football terminology while answering a question. For example, I would ask the students, “who catches the ball?” The students would then go spell out receiver. I would check to make sure they students answered the question correctly and spelled it correctly.
C5: using instructional time effectively.
-I try to maximize my activity time but sometimes further instruction needs to be given. I will always spend about 3 minutes at the beginning of the class explaining to the students what the goal and expectations are and then how to play the warm up game. I then go into our activity for the day (including a demonstration) and then a review of questions (closure) at the end of class.
Domain D: Professionalism
D1 :reflecting on the extent to which the learning goals were met.
-After each class I would determine if I thought the learning goals were met or not. If they were not, I then decided if that was because of my efforts, the students, or a combination.
D2 :demonstrating a sense of efficacy.
- I went above and beyond to make this happen everyday. In my mind a students success is not always curriculum based, but overall perspective and attitude based. If I could see that I was making a difference in a child’s life or if I had taught a child a new skill they did not already know then I had met my goal.
D3 :building professional relationships with colleagues to share teaching insights and to coordinate learning activities for students.
-On the first day of being at Southwest Junior High, after meeting with my mentor teacher, I introduced myself to the principal, vice-principal, secretaries, other coaches, teachers, etc. After doing that I felt more comfortable talking with them and asking for advice.
D4 :communicating with parents or guardians about student learning.
-At the beginning of the semester we sent out a newsletter to the parents informing them of our physical education classroom and how things would work. We explained uniforms, expectations, grading scale, parent-teacher conferences, etc.
What have I learned…?
Do not make assumptions
Every child is different
Southwest Junior High School
Mentor Teacher: Jody Koons
What did I learn at Southwest?
Overall: Positive experience. Extremely eye-opening. I learned a lot from Coach Koons and the students.
Southwest Junior High Internship
Mentor Teacher: Jennifer Straub
Things I learned @ John Tyson Elementary…
Classroom Management (k-5)
Technology in Physical Education
How physical education SHOULD be
Support from your colleagues/administration
Overall: GREAT experience. I have taken so much from my mentor teacher that I will definitely use in my future classroom.
I will attend several workshops and conventions to get new ideas and to stay up to date on the latest teaching techniques
I will observe other teachers to get ideas and helpful strategies to run my classroom
I will make a strong relationship with my co-workers and quickly gain their support for the physical education program
I want to make my school have the best physical education program it can possibly have
I will be open minded and find out what works with each individual
I will use the pathwise domains in each lesson to make my lessons more efficient
I will go above and beyond what it takes for my students and my school to be successful