IPTS Standard 10 | Reflection and Professional Growth
The competent teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates how choices and actions affect students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community and actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally.
Community Hours Reflection
My artifacts are three reflections to lessons taught in the field. The first reflection was an assignment for CI 403M: Teaching Diverse High School Students. The lesson was on slope in an Algebra I class. I wrote pre-reflection before the lesson and a reflection after the lesson. The second reflection was an assignment for CI 402M: Teaching Diverse Middle School Students. The lesson was solving systems of linear equations. The third reflection was an assignment for CI 401M. For my community hours, I went to the Banneker club in Champaign once a week and played math games with 5th and 6th grade students. For the first two artifacts, I anticipated how each lesson would take place. I tried to anticipate possible challenges that would arise by taking into account specific students in my lesson. In each assignment, I reflected on my experiences afterwards and thought about how my choices and actions affected the students. I also thought not only about what I would do differently next time and what changes I could make, but what the strengths of the lesson were.
In each artifact, I take a look back and evaluate my choices and my actions to see how they affected my students. For my CI reflections, I went though my actions throughout the lessons and addressed what were good in terms of where we were in the lesson and what choices could have been better. I reflected mostly on my discourse with the students, because i felt that was where I needed the most improvement. For example, in one of my lessons I was running out of time and did not get to an important concept (the distinction between horizontal and vertical lines in terms of slope) that I had planned on teaching. Because of this, I decided that I should have spent more time on the change of y over the change in x and why we subtract these values. During the end of the lesson I was feeling a little discouraged by my progress, and afterwards I knew it was because I didn't go as in depth as I would have liked to. I realized I was fitting too much into one class period, and ended up planning the lesson for two different days instead of one.
Being a reflective practitioner is essential for teachers if they want to keep growing and developing in their career. I know that I will continue to learn from the decisions I make and from my students. From paying attention to my actions and thinking critically about the choices I make and why I make them, I can develop new information that will inform how I teach in the future. Reflecting upon lessons will be really beneficial, especially when teaching the same lesson throughout the day.