In taking the 360o Refined Self-Assessment I have learned my five highest leadership skills are: communication, outcome concern, information sharing, credibility, and decision fairness. My five highest rated behaviors are: communication, communication, communication, outcome concern, and outcome concern. I agree that I do well in communication. Moreover, I feel information sharing is part of a sound communication platform. I talk with my employees as often as possible and sit down with each employee once a month to do employee rounding where we speak of how well their day is working, what I can do to enhanced it, and share any information that is essential to pass along.
I have learned much from the professionals. Practice makes perfect. I have learned about a specific technique in the classroom, and I implemented it in the professional filed. On a personal level i think my self-confidence has increased because I have been able to master some skills needed for this job I have become more comfortable having conversation with different type of people. Through internship, I gain clarity on my strengths, weaknesses, and interests.
Effective professional development leads “to a long-term gain in teachers’ knowledge” (Gigante & Firestone, 2008, p. 311), which in turn makes a considerable impact on the classroom and the teacher. Danielson (2006) illustrated this thought by stating, “professional development is the corner-stone of improving practice and is essential to teacher growth, expertise, and skill development” (p. 15). When teachers unite and embrace true collaboration alongside teacher leaders then extensive improvement to the school will be likely to occur. Angelle and Teague (2014) note when addressing what school improvement looks like under strong collaboration with teacher leadership, there is a, “ clear and strong relationship between collective efficacy and the extent of teacher leadership” (p. 7). If teacher leaders can find a way to bring their colleagues on board, they will be able to see change begin and teachers in the school will begin to see the value in not staying isolated.
The habit of evaluating over time will help the teacher develop a well-founded professional expertise because of the way in which they test out and check what they did, and as a result they can be more accurately informed about what works and what does not. The teacher will be constructing a repertoire of teaching approaches and techniques which will be in the student’s best interest. Evaluation is vital because it’s based on the teacher success in the classroom. It is this role that allows the teacher to discover the worth of their work. Teachers must find the value in what they do.
To start, this module has really helped me to think and to reflect of how to become a good teacher. I have always wanted to help student learn, to listen to students and to care for them, to impart knowledge, guide students in learning new skills and procedures and evaluate students as to the mastery of these new skills and to also become a curious, life-long learner. And this module has helped me of how can I achieve it. The teaching profession demands an in-depth knowledge of subject content and pedagogy. So to enter the teaching profession, we should know about pedagogy that is teaching and learning of the child.
Practical intelligence involves applying intelligence so one can adapt to and shape a certain environment. (Sternberg, et al, 2001). Practical intelligence is evoked when we apply, use, implement, put into practice, employ and contextualise. This intelligence is tested in everyday life. On my teaching practice I encountered many students with practical intelligence, perhaps because I was teaching a practical subject.
According to Patterson, Collins and Abbott (2004), resilient teachers consider their professional development as a priority. These teachers seem to prefer an active approach to resolve problems. Moreover, Howard and Johnson (2004) highlighted that some teachers involved in their study admitted that they had developed survival skills by reflecting on their practice when things were going wrong. Teachers who participated in Huisman et al’s study (2010) also considered both formal and informal professional development opportunities as a priority. As mentioned earlier in this paper, societal developments in several domains confront schools and teachers nowadays with more challenges of different kinds (Elchardus, 1994; Hargreaves, 1994b).
My college career has been devoted to learning how to become a teacher. I 've taken a variety of courses that not only have exposed me to new content, but to a new perspective about education. I have learned about the teaching strategies, techniques and approaches that make a great teacher. Student teaching will enable me to put them into practice. Furthermore, the opportunity to student teach will provide me with a strong foundation to become the best teacher I can.
I could realize the importance of CCQs and ICQs. They make the meaning of the lesson more clearly and at the end as a teacher, I can see positive learning outcomes. Lastly, I realized the importance of peer checking. I didn’t use to give importance to peer-checking especially in my internship. However, I observed that it contributes to learners’ motivation and also the teacher can get feedback by monitoring the
First, in order to improve the way I, as an educator, teach my students, reflection on my teaching procedures on a regular basis is a must and second, after reflecting on the way I conduct my lessons, I must take decisions on my current methodologies and make changes that will help me to improve the quality of the way I instruct my learners. On the one hand, teaching requires that I, as a teacher, constantly reflect on the way I prepare and present my lessons. This means that by doing all this process of reflection, I become aware of the high level of professionalism I need to give to my job. As Pennington (1991) states, professionalism is a recurring concern of language teachers and language teaching organizations. From this perspective, the more I, the teacher, reflect on my job, the more I will improve at it.