Principle 1 The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful to students.
Making Subject Matter Meaningful Cross-Curricular Connections
Wheel & Axle and the Covered Wagon Science and Social Studies Connection
How do Forces Affect Speed and Motion? Modeling the Experiment Recording and Discussing Observations
Balloon Rocket Battles <ul><li>Debrief as Whole Group </li></ul><ul><li>Describe what happened when the rockets </li></ul><ul><li>collided. </li></ul><ul><li>Why did this happen? </li></ul><ul><li>Why did we mark the center spot? </li></ul><ul><li>How does a greater force affect the speed or </li></ul><ul><li>direction of something of a lesser force? </li></ul><ul><li>What happens to two forces of the same </li></ul><ul><li>size but opposite in direction? </li></ul>
Principle 3 The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
Uncle Steve’s Origami Creations A class-one lever from my dollhouse Replica of the Declaration of Independence An 1855 gold coin minted during the Gold Rush. (Given to my grandmother by her father.)
Measuring Motion Motivating Kinesthetic Learners Connection to Math Standards Graphing Results
Principle 4 The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
Created PowerPoint slides to supplement Social Studies curriculum
The Washington Monument <ul><li>Built between 1848 and 1884 as a tribute to George Washington's military leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Made of marble , granite , and sandstone , is both the world's tallest stone structure and the world's tallest obelisk. </li></ul>
The Steam Boat Robert Fulton was an American engineer and inventor who is widely credited with developing the first commercially successful steamboat .
Dahlonega, Georgia In 1828, Dahlonega became the site of the first major gold rush in the USA and became a boom town in the Georgia Gold Rush .
A Multi-Step Approach to Math Instruction Concrete Pictorial Abstract
Manipulatives in Math Students use estimating skills to determine how many cubes will fill an empty tennis ball can.
Manipulatives in Math Introducing Fractions with Edible Manipulatives
Manipulatives in Math Using the ancient art of paper folding to learn our geometric shapes An Origami Cube
Principle 5 The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
Simple Machines Unit Culminating Group Project Our Rube Goldberg Inventions
Principle 6 The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
Fairy Tale Writer’s Workshop The Peer-Editing Process Peer-Editing Process
Fairy Tale Writer’s Workshop Alexandra in the Author’s Chair Students presented their finished work. Afterwards, peers shared “positive” feedback.
Principle 7 The teacher plans instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
Bio-Poems Women of the Reform Movement A cross-curricular approach to a standards requirement
Women of the Reform Movements Elizabeth Cady Stanton Sojourner Truth Harriet Tubman SS4H7 The student will examine the main ideas of the abolitionist and suffrage movements. a. Discuss the biographies of Harriet Tubman and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. b. Explain the significance of Sojourner Truth to the abolition and suffrage movements. An ELA and Social Studies Connection
Principle 8 The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
Use of Varied Assessment Sample of Writing Rubric Used for Fairy Tale Writers’ Workshop Going beyond the all too common multiple-choice assessment. Sample of my own fill-in and short-answer section on social studies test
Principle 9 The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
Self-Reflection Highlights 3-17-11 Overall, I was fairly pleased with how my lesson went today. The students seemed engaged by the topic of the article and stayed on task for the entire lesson. Furthermore, the goals and objectives of my lesson were met. Ideally, I would like to do a follow-up lesson with another article and see how well my students can attempt the process on their own or in pairs. 3-29-11 I wish I would have told them that they will now have a more keen sense for finding sentence fragments when peer editing each others’ work. I think I will mention that today at the start of my ELA lesson as a review from yesterday. Week 3 One goal that I would like to achieve this week is to spend some time exploring the capabilities of the ActiveBoard. Week 8 This week I am going to work on giving clear instructions during my lessons. Week 6 My main goal this week is to make cross connections between at least three subject areas. Week 9 I am definitely getting more comfortable with correcting inappropriate behavior.
Principle 10 The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents and agencies in the larger community to support students’ learning and well-being.
School Contributions-Chess Club Montgomery’s K-3 Chess Team at the State Tournament – April 2011 Four years as Montgomery’s Chess Team Coordinator Go Montgomery Chess!
School Contributions-Science Olympiad Coached Montgomery’s Reflection Relay Team April 2009
Conclusion As a teacher, I must continue to learn and grow myself, and model being a life-long learner for my students.