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Reflective Teaching

  1. 1. Reflective Teaching Portfolio of Shelly Spallees Hansen Family & Consumer Education
  2. 2. Welcome to a showcase of my professional teachingexperiences. In this portfolio, I hope to demonstratemy philosophy of education through reflection on thethree guiding questions that you will find on theindex page, while also providing artifacts as evidenceof this reflection process. Thank you and I hope youenjoy my portfolio!Shelly Spallees Hansen Click here to hear Shelly
  3. 3. Reflective Introduction Statement Hello, my name is Shelly Spallees Hansen and I am currently teaching FCEin Walworth, WI while attending UW-Stout in Menomonie, WI in the Masters ofScience in Education program. I have been teaching for a total of 11 years both inNorway and in the USA. I would like to give you an overview of my eportfolio. Thisportfolio is a working portfolio where I highlight or showcase my thoughts andreflections on my teaching experiences. The purpose of this portfolio is to allow forreflection and assessment of my own professional growth and to help me focus onwhere I want to go as a future educator and leader. I hope it is easy for you to navigate. On the next slide you will find moreinformation about me personally along with links to my teaching philosophy andresume. Please use these to discover more about my qualifications. On the Indexslide, you will find three reflective questions about my thoughts towards teachingwith links to artifacts and responses in support of these questions along with links tothe Wisconsin Teacher Standards that support my reflections. The last slides of myportfolio contain my conclusion and my contact information. In my conclusion I willidentify my strengths and the areas that I discovered need further growth. Theconclusion also contains identified strategies of how I plan on achieving these goals. My hope is that you will see, by the way I have laid out this portfolio, that Iam a creative, organized, detailed, and outgoing person that LOVES working withchildren and feels blessed to be a teacher! I believe that the artifacts I have chosenand reflections that I have written will give you a good feeling towards what kind ofteacher I feel I am and what work or goals I have yet to accomplish. I believelearning is a life-long process and I believe that my portfolio of information willhighlight this. Enjoy!
  4. 4. Personal Information It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things. This is my lifes motto. I happen to things. I dont let things happen to Index me, or at least I try not to. I am a seeker of activity, new challenges, and new risks. I have a varied educational background and I have lived in 26 different places so I like change. I have traveled to 17 different countries and have been a Teaching missionary to Guatemala and Mexico. My children are from Colombia and myPhilosophy husband is from Norway. I LOVE DIFFERENT CULTURES. People are a mystery to me and my life is filled with people all the time! I have been fortunate enough in my life to have met and had coffee with a Prime Minister and I have Resume met Princes, Princesses, Kings and Queens. I have met movie stars and rock stars and I have been friends with prisoners. Who else can say that about their life? I am currently living in Elkhorn but I lived the last 10 years in Norway. I am originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I teach Culinary Arts and Child Development at Big Foot High School and in Norway I taught English as a Second Language to Norwegian 8-10 graders and 5th and 7th graders. I also have taught Family and Consumer Education both in Eau Claire, WI and Menomonie, WI. My interests include my family, reading, talking, traveling, shopping, and being with young people. I enjoy a variety of cultural activities and I love being involved in community activities.
  5. 5. Index1. What kinds of critical incidents in teaching or my professional practice have helped define me personally and professionally?• My Response Supportive Artifacts & Reflection Wisconsin State Teaching Standards-#2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 102. How do I best demonstrate that I am a competent educator?• My Response Supportive Artifacts & Reflection Wisconsin State Teaching Standards-#1,2, 3, 4, 7, 103.What do I need to contemplate further as an educator or in my practice and why?• My Response Supportive Artifacts & Reflection Wisconsin State Teaching Standards-#1,3,4, 6, 7, 9,10
  6. 6. Conclusion Conclusion Young people today, deserve teachers who will take an interest in them personally and inspire them to want to learn. I feel that I have demonstrated throughout this portfolio that I am this kind of teacher. I feel that my strengths of creativity, organization, and enthusiasm for working with young people are some of the things that I bring to the classroom. As demonstrated in my artifacts, I feel that I have diversified my teaching strategies and assessment practices in order to provide an interesting, unique, student centered and hands-on learning environment. Allowing the students to choose the method of how they will learn and the method of learning has provided motivation and a desire for learning. Becoming involved in the students lives outside of the classroom as shown by the pictures of activities I have worked with, has been aIndex great reward for me. I have tried to demonstrate that learning is progressive and in order for learning to take place, students must be taught according to their own interests, talents, and needs. My curriculum is experientially based. This philosophy, I feel, can be demonstrated through my lesson plans. Such as the artifacts I have included for question three. As I mentioned in my philosophy, the role of a teacher should be as a manager or guide. One of the areas that I would personally like to work more on is this. I feel that I am connected but I would like to be able to handle classroom management more effectively. I am completing my Master of Science in Education at UW-Stout. My thesis is on improving the professional practices of an individual diagnosed with ADD. Through my research, I hope to gain information and practical knowledge that I can apply in my classroom to help myself as well as my students to be more focused and organized. In looking at what I need to contemplate further, I know that I need to be prepared for changes coming in my subject matter. This was also mentioned in question 3. It is important for me to gain exposure in other teaching fields in order to maintain my marketability. I feel, that as a Reading Teacher, I will still be able to make a difference in students’ lives while also teaching a subject that I am passionate about. So what I need to ask myself is 1). What more do I need to do to prepare myself to be a Reading Teacher? 2). What future competencies do I need to work towards in order to continue developing a strong Family and Consumer Education program? 3). How can I become even stronger in classroom management? And after taking this class, I have found myself also asking, 4). “What more can I do to incorporate technology into the classroom?”
  7. 7. The strategies that I have for answering these questions would include the following: Conclusion 1). Continue completing coursework and student teaching as a Reading Teacher. I would also like to look at my FCE curriculum and discover what ways I can incorporate reading into the program. In addition, I would like to attend summer institutes in Culinary Arts to better prepare me for this program as well. 2). I need to research the other career areas in FCE that I am not certified in, which would include, Health Occupations and Child Care Services. These certifications would require working in these environments in order to achieve the necessary hours needed to be certified. This means that I would need to work either in the evenings or over summers to become certified. I would also like to continue taking courses in Culinary Arts to stay up-to-date withIndex this area. 3). After completing my thesis on management techniques and ADD, I would like to apply my research into my own personal and professional life to ensure an even more organized classroom. My goal is to complete my study this fall and finalize my paper in the spring. 4). I plan on taking continued credits in using technology in the classroom. I would like to incorporate the use of reflective e-portfolios in either the Reading classroom or in the FCE classroom. As I reflect on the process of developing this portfolio, I am reminded of the need for lifelong learning. Teaching is an honor and I do not take this honor lightly. My future goals are evidence of the need for continued learning and development. Teaching is the “road less traveled” and I am glad to be on this road with so many other talented and remarkable individuals!
  8. 8. Contact Information Shelly Spallees Hansen W4809 Overlook Drive Elkhorn, WI 53121 (262) 723-4828