Standard 1: Demonstrates mastery of and pedagogical expertise in content.
Element a: Teachers provide instruction that is aligned with the Colorado Academic Standards, their District’s organized plan of instruction, and the individual needs of their students.
Element b: Teachers develop and implement lessons that connect to a variety of content areas/disciplines and emphasize literacy and mathematical practices.
Element c: Teachers demonstrate knowledge of the content, central concepts, inquiry, appropriate evidence-based instructional practices, and specialized characteristics of the disciplines being taught.
Artifact 1: Making Thinking Visible Presentation and Reflection
During the beginning of the semester, we went through a book that provided multiple strategies for thinking. Our ultimate goal, as educators, is to provide ways to help students move towards independent thinking and having them notice their own learning. Each CSU student gave a mini lesson on each strategy and this was a great opportunity to collect for future uses. As I learned about my strategy, I prepared a lesson with a visual tool and student engagement. This allowed me to show my knowledge of the content through my intentional preparation.
Artifact 2: Lesson Reflections
After creating two lessons to teach in the art classroom with Missy Wolf, I quickly understood that there are many changes that could help the lesson connect to students, encourage them, and keep them engaged. Although I took a great time to plan each lesson, I walked away feeling motivated to enhance the lesson in order to benefit students. Missy Wolf, the art teacher, gave me great feedback during and after the lesson. For example, this was my first time teaching a technique to high school students and I began explaining while I should've slowed down and shown a visual. Reflecting on my own teaching has allowed me to further my knowledge on pedagogy and content I am teaching.