I have finished up my student-teaching clinical with Teach-Now and am in the process of applying for my K-6 teaching certificate from the Washington D.C. OSSE. In the mean time, while I am here in Korea teaching English I am going to have pursue my own professional development as an elementary classroom teacher via my Personal Learning Network, MOOC’s, and keeping up with the latest education research. I have tried to make each of my PD goals a SMART goal, therefore many have a specific deadline for implementation at some point in 2015.
Here is the link to my full PD Plan for 2015:
I will list just a few of my top PD goals for the coming year below, along with some commentary on my progress where relevant.
Objective: Create and execute more student-centered lessons.
- I am gathering student-centered materials and methods, experimenting with implementation, and will be giving a formal PD session at a teacher orientation of new foreign English teachers here in Korea.
- As I research student-centered methods in more depth while I am teaching here in Korea, I will identify appropriate methods that I feel confident in implementing one-at-a-time, and integrate them into my lesson plans, routines and activities. My goal will be to implement two new student-centered activities in each grade level that I teach per month.
Objective: Deepen my understanding of math instruction pedagogy for elementary school students.
- I will have regular correspondence with my math mentor, University of Washington professor, Elham Kazemi.
- I will complete the readings that have been assigned to me by my math mentor, Elham Kazemi.
- I will take notes, ask questions, reach out to my PLN for further clarification and advice, and create a blog post about each math reading and my personal study in general.
- I will have at least two blog posts about my math pedagogy investigation by July of 2015.
- I will have more than 5 blog posts about math pedagogy and instructional methods a year from now.
- I will observe at least 5 recorded math lessons and take copious notes in the next year.
- I will note my preferences and pedagogical beliefs around math instruction, and make sure to create goals for my first year math instruction based on that research and understanding.
Objective: Investigate methods of teaching character in my classroom.
- Take the Coursera MOOC “Teaching Character” with the instructor, David Levin, a KIPP schools co-founder. (I am currently in the middle of this six week MOOC. I am taking notes on the videos and getting a little behind on the assignments, but learning a lot, collecting many resources and strategies on character education.)
- Read and blog my notes of Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed. (This is done, see the link.)
- Identify further readings and professional development opportunities in this area. (From the David Levin MOOC I have discovered and saved to my reading list a number of good research articles on teaching character and its importance.)
- I will create a student character self-assessment Google Form to be filled out at the beginning and end of the school by both students and their parents.
- I will design community-building activities or a project that will emphasize the development of character strengths.
- I will intentionally observe and note character strengths and weaknesses in my students and create a routine that facilitates regular one-on-one conferences or interactions with students in need of character support.
Objective: Develop my leadership capacity as a teacher, including in specific areas of education interest like Design In Schools, teaching character, student data management, global education, meetings and PD facilitation and collaboration.
- Watch, take notes and blog about the 2014 Global Education Conference sessions with education leaders that I admire.
- Take IDEO “Design In Schools” MOOC in March of 2015.
- Lead a professional development session for the new ESL teacher orientation here in Korea in April.
- Execute a Skype in the Classroom lesson in Korea by August of 2015.
- Be available to the principal in areas where you can advise and provide a level of expertise.
- Participate and grow in my presence as an educator online, expand my Personal Learning Network, keep blogging, tweeting, and collaborating via the web.
- Identify and cultivate a good, collaborative working relationship with a mentor teacher when I arrive at my first American school.