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This collection illustrates how I have implemented my teaching philosophy in the classroom.

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Transcript and proof of Connecticut certification (grades 1 - 6) available upon request.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Philosophy of Teaching & Professional Goals
2. Designing Instruction
3. Lesson Plans, Worksheets & Activities
4. Responding to Individual Needs

5. Sample Worksheets
6. Bulletin Boards as an Opportunity to Learn
7. Thematic Learning
8. Conclusion: What is a Teacher?

2. DESIGNING INSTRUCTION

In order to be effective, instruction must be well designed and thoughtfully implemented. As a designer of instruction, I produce blueprints outlining specific learning objectives and observable student behaviors.

Social Studies: Unit 2, the Midwest (fourth grade)

Goals:


Objectives:

Students will become familiar with the geographical and economic features of the Midwest.

Using map skills, students will be able to locate a given state using a set of clues relating to that state's climate, landforms and industry.


At the outset of the lesson above, students were moved into cooperative groups of four. Each student in the group was given a different clue, such as, "This state's northern border is formed by a lake," or "Most of the land in this state is used for farming." Each student generated a list of states that matched their individual clue, and then the group cooperated to find the one state for which all the clues were true. When this activity was completed, each group had been directed to one of two different states within the Midwest. Groups then told the class about the state they had discovered.

No matter how well-designed I believe a lesson to be, I am always prepared to modify that lesson as I teach, in response to students' needs.

Guided Reading: (fifth grade, bilingual)

Objectives:

After a brief discussion of the compound words in the text, students will be able to explain how their knowledge of each component word helps them understand the meaning of the compound word.

After participating in this discussion, students will generate there own lists of compound words and correctly use each in a sentence.


As I began my planned discussion with my students, I called upon them to find compound words within the text. Their first suggestions, lifeguard and surfboat, led me to believe that my students could identify compound words. However, when I asked them if there were any more compound words on the page, they began suggesting two-syllable words instead of compound words. Rather than continuing with the lesson as planned, I had the students play a game I designed to review the concept of compound words. After playing several rounds, they were able to suggest other compound words to be included in the game.

Following are several examples of lesson plans illustrating clear objectives and observable teacher and student behavior. Also included is a brief explanation of the compound word game I used with my guided reading group.


3. Lesson Plans, Worksheets & Activities