Signature Assessment #1
CONCEPT 1: OUR ASSUMPTIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE. IT IS IMPORTANT WE DON'T BASE OUR ACTIONS/EMOTIONS ON OUR ASSUMPTIONS UNTIL WE'VE GAINED ACCURATE KNOWLEDGE ON THE MATTER.
Incorporating into Teaching:
Be aware of your feelings/assumptions when it comes to your classroom, learning style, students, their backgrounds, and other teachers.
Be cautious with your assumptions. Don't let them dictate your decisions when it comes to teaching.
Have a good relationship with your students, their parents and the community.
Actions/Strategies to address Individual differences:
Knowing your students' strengths and struggles from the beginning of the year and set goals in order to improve.
Create an inclusive learning environment
Have the students play/create an online assessment game in order to watch their growth.
Students create bio pages to get to know one another
You limit students' abilities when you have preconceived opinions/assumptions about them.
Understanding your students and their backgrounds allow you to make better decisions to further their educations.
CONCEPT 2: EMPATHY IS THE ABILTY TO SHARE AND UNDERSTAND THE FEELINGS AND EMOTIONS OF OTHERS. IN THE CLASSROOM, A TEACHER MUST UNDERSTAND WHAT THEIR STUDENTS ARE FEELING AND BASE THEIR INTERACTIONS WITH THE STUDENTS OFF OF THAT.
Incorporating into teaching:
Getting to know your students first before you begin the school year so your student has more of an opportunity to succeed.
Incorporating team building activities in order for the students to get to know one another
Actions/Strategies to address Individual differences:
Having one on one conversations with your students and their parents at the beginning of the year in order to make a comfortable environment/relationship.
Include strategies into teaching on how to express your emotions/feelings in a safe and healthy environment.
Having an email system or communication via internet to reach out to parents. This could include online news letters.
Watch a movie and have students connect with a character and be able to identify the characters' feelings/emotions from the start to end.
Understanding empathy will help create an inclusive environment.
Empathy will help build relationships among everyone in the classroom.
Signature Assessment #2
CONCEPT 1: Reflection
Assessments are a way for teachers to evaluate what their students have learned, a way for teachers to evaluate their teaching, and a way for students to reflect on how they performed. In order for our assessments to be effective we need to reflect on them and make improvements for next time. Teachers will look at the data and analyze the results to see how well the students grasped the concepts.
Action: If we give an assessment and look at the students’ performance and the scores or data are spread out, we can look at those students that didn’t do as well and see the areas that they are struggling with. Once we know where they are struggling, we can provide new instruction to help reinforce those concepts in a new. Assessment helps to guide the instruction in this way.
Diversity: We would include learner difference by giving the students multiple ways to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the concept being learned. In addition to this, we could include all students into the assessment process by getting their feedback from the assessment, whether this is individual meetings or a class conversation.
Technology: The teacher could create a discussion forum or a questionnaire for the students to answer and express their feedback on the assessment regarding both their performance and how well they think the assessment covered the concepts their teacher taught.
Student Benefits: It will teach the students the importance of reflecting on their work and it will also show how well they are doing and areas that they could improve.
Concept 2: Valid and Reliable Assessments
The assessments that we give should be both valid and reliable to produce the results that the teacher will need to evaluate the students’ performance.
Action: Teachers should create an assessment that covers only the material that has been taught in that unit. All assessments or test should contain the same questions. All students should be held to the same learning goal or expectation and provided accommodations if needed.
Diversity: A teacher will consider individual differences by providing accommodations or modifications for students that need extra help or assistance.
Technology: The teacher could post all of the materials or resources that they used during the unit to help students review. We could create a game or some kind of simulation that helps students prepare for an assessment.
Student Benefits: If the assessment is valid and reliable then the students will always know what to expect and everything is provided for them.
Signature Assessment #3
Concept 1: Motivation
Motivation is huge for teachers as it helps to get students to do work and be successful learners. Motivation is key in order to get students to where they need to be in such a short time. Every student has different things that motive them so every student that walks into the classroom will have something different that motivates them. Teachers need to use each students motivation to there advantage because what motivates one student will not motivate the next and can be used to motivate others. Motivation also helps with behaviors and the classroom environment.
Action: Teachers should make sure that they know what motivates each one of there students. Teachers also need to make sure that they put students together that have different motivators so that students can use each others motivation to there advantage to complete there work or task given to them.
Diversity: The teacher could use students different motivators to help students build relationships with each other as well as to build there learning. The teacher could also take all students motivators into consideration when thinking about and creating the classroom enivornment. By using students motivators to my advantage it will help to show students what others are motivated by as well as show them how they are different and similiar.
Technology: The teacher could use a website to have students take a test or quiz about what motivates them. This would be fun for the students to figure out what motivates them but also beneficial for the teacher because they then can know as well.
Student Benfits: By knowing their individual motivators it will allow students to use other students motivators to help them be successful. Students motivators will also help them to get where they need or want to be.
Content 2: Classroom environment
Classroom environment determines so much for a child. It determines how students learn, creates community, increases motivation and affects how students feel. Classroom environment determines everything for students. Physcial activity, stress, relationships, emotions and music all play a role when it comes to classroom environment. The classroom needs to be a safe place or children will not feel comfortable learning and expressing their selves.
Action: As a teacher I will incorporate this information into my classroom by making sure that my students feel that they are safe and loved by building relationships with all my students. I will create a safe environment by creating a space that is welcoming, homie, functional and take physcial layout into consideration.
Diverstiy: The teacher will consider students needs and accommandations that they need when creating their classroom and think about the classroom environment that it will create.
Technology: The teacher could use techonology by creating a center that involves Ipads. The center could have a couch or bean bags where students could be comfortable and feel like they are at home. Another way to incorporate technology into the classroom could be by having students type what they want the classroom to look or feel like. This would get student input as well as allow students to get to use technology.
Student Benefits: By having students use techology to talk about their wants and needs for the classroom it will allow them to get a sense of responsiblity for creating the space that they are learning in. This will help with their academic success and as well as mentally because it will give them a change in how they are learning.