California Standards for the Teaching Profession: Standard Six
6.1 Reflecting on teaching practice and planning professional development
6.2 Establishing professional goals and pursuing opportunities to grow professionally
6.3 Working with communities to improve professional practice
6.4 Working with families to improve professional practice
6.5 Working with colleagues to improve professional practice
       I plan to be a lifetime learner. As an educator, I see it as my resposibility to do the thing I stand for. Working with collegues, taking professional courses, and establishing goals for growth are not just things I would do because it is required. I would do them because I value the pursuit of knowledge, and will seek out its place in my life and career. I also see the connection between school and community to be extremely valuable. In both of my student teaching placements I was impressed with how willing families and community buisnesses are to be involved in making positive change in schools. I want to learn to do the same in my classroom. On another scale, the community of each school site and district is an important one to work in unity with. From secretaries to janitors, schools a re filled with colleagues who are sources of ideas and support.
Journaling is important to track growth as a professional (6.1, 6.2, 6.5) A response to an article discussing issues schools and teachers are faced with (6.1, 6.3, 6.5) Informal agendas are one method I have used in meeting with colleagues (6.1, 6.2, 6.5)
A very important article about identity and integrity in teaching (6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5) Joining NCTE was an exciting step toward growth as a professional (6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5)
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