Reflection is an important part of the process in becoming an educator. My journey to become an educator has been a long road to professionalism. Identifying my professional behaviors begins with attendance and promptness. My attendance has been good other than two classes in which I was ill. In both of my absences took responsibility in contacting my professor as well as my coordinating mentor teacher. I arrived for class on time or before for every class period ready to participate in discussion and with prepared materials. I dress to convey professionalism, as well, use professional language and conduct with students, teachers, and peers. I have demonstrated creativity, resourcefulness and participation in the classroom. My mentor teacher challenged me to teach my first lesson on my second day of observation, which excitedly I took. This shows ownership, excitement, and willing to jump in feet first. I have been dependable with group work as is apparent our group assessment project. This semester I have taken ownership for my actions, behaviors, and learning. This is evident in my practicum classroom as well as seminar. I have approached the classroom with an honest and an integral open mind. One of my personal strengths and which I feel very comfortable in the classroom is my code of ethical behavior and integrity. Honesty is principal in my life and the best way to exude this is by modeling. This semester has been a crucial learning experience in and out of the classroom. I have been given constructive criticisms in which I have learned from. This comes in the form of feedback on lesson plans and weekly reflections. It is important to uses professional resources like peer teachers to gain insights and ideas for teaching. This also allows for growth with new concepts and designs for activities for lessons. Another area in which I am comfortable with and have demonstrated proficiency is as an effective communicator. I have demonstrated an understanding of audience and purpose, as well used appropriate technology in the classroom. Throughout the semester I have demonstrated responsibility and ownership for my learning, participating in extracurricular events such as parent teacher conferences, guided museum tours, and working with youth teaching art. Along with this I have displayed cultural and social responsibility towards all learners. I have worked with an ESL and IEP students. Within my lesson planning I have addressed how to reach all learners, those below and above proficiency. I have expressed my passion towards education and modeled professional practices. I am committed to be a life-long learner and to be sensitive and aware of policies and professional practices. I think of my main strengths is my ethical behavior and integrity. One area in which I want to focus on next semester during student teaching is improving my own performance. I really want to focus on this because I feel that it will benefit me immensely. I am hoping that my personal teaching dispositions will be noticed next semester and my effort and growth will be evident.
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