Teacher providing a safe and nurturing learning environment for their students is paramount. I have shown proficiency in the classroom for this standard. One main teaching strategy I utilize is modeling in the classroom. By modeling a honesty and respect with my students they can see that it is positive behavior. When student feel safe physically, mentally, and emotionally, the are free to open their minds, explore, and grow as individuals.
Element a: Teachers foster a predictable learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time in which each student has a positive, nurturing relationship with caring adults and peers.
This artifact is a data analysis of my student work for their mandala painting project. It is important to analyze the work and behaviors of our students to gain understanding and build classroom climate and culture. The better this is the better the learning environment can be.
Element b: Teachers demonstrate an awareness of, a commitment to, and a respect for multiple aspects of diversity, while working toward common goals as a community of learners.
This artifact is a setting and context for Thompson Valley High School. It outlines the climate and culture, demographics, socioeconomic status, and cultural background of TVHS. Its important to know and understand the schools and communities we are working in.
Element c: Teachers engage students as individuals, including those with diverse needs and interests, across a range of ability levels by adapting their teaching for the benefit of all students.
This artifact is a reflection discussing differentiation in my classroom experience. I discuss reading students as well as modifications or adjustments in the classroom.
Element d: Teachers work with families and/or significant adults in the lives of their students.
This artifact is a reflection of parent teachers conferences I attended at Thompson Valley High School.