ELEMENT A: Teachers demonstrate leadership in their schools.
ELEMENT B: Teachers contribute knowledge and skills to educational practices and the teaching profession.
ELEMENT C: Teachers advocate for schools and students, partnering with students, families and communities as appropriate.
Quality Standard V, Element C is about teachers advocating for their school. I attended Webber Night Out, which is a safe, fun-filled social event where students can cut loose, play games, run obstacle courses, dance and watch movies. This was a volunteer opportunity for the 386 portion of the Teacher Prep. Program. This event is a great way for students to have fun outside of class in a controlled environment. It was great to be apart of this event, which lent itself for positive insights to how teachers and community members can get involved in after school functions. It is important as a first year educator to attend events like this and create that out of class relationship with other facility members and students.
ELEMENT D: Teachers demonstrate high ethical standards.
Building character and trust in the classroom is paramount. This leads to setting and demonstrating high ethical standards. This artifact ties into the standards in this way. Teach Like a Champion 2.0 Lays out techniques educators have been using to build trust make the classroom run more efficiently. This artifact is a set of field notes observed in my 7/8-grade visual arts classroom. I think trust and honestly are at the top of the list when it comes to ethical standards and it is important for teachers to instill this in their students. Using strategies like “positive framing” and “precise praise” are two ways teachers can be beneficial in the classroom. “Warm/strict” is a way that teachers can positively react to students while holding their trust, as well as, being viewed as an authority figure. These are all examples of ways teachers can show mastery and display positive reinforcement with high ethical standards.