This competency tests your knowledge of the roles and expectations regarding the professional environment and continuous growth in the field of education.
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Reflection and Self-Assessment
Reflection and self-assessment are important for any occupation but essential for effective teaching. Teachers should reflect on their practice after each lesson and constantly strive to provide the best education possible to their students. All teachers have strengths and weaknesses, so identifying those and striving to amplify the strengths and improve any weaknesses is essential. One way to do this is to ask reflective questions such as:
Was the activity we did in class successful? Why or why not?
Are the relationships I have with my students helping them learn?
Could the behavior problems I have in class be managed by different expectations?
What choices have I given my students lately?
Teachers should always be striving to better their practice, it is important that teachers set realistic and measurable goals. Most teachers will do this with campus administration but it is also important to do independently so that different aspects of teaching are constantly being improved upon. Teachers can strive to learn more about training opportunities to support their area of knowledge and attend outside trainings. This is also a good opportunity to take what they learn and share with other colleagues.
FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act which is a federal law that protects student educational records and details the information that can and can not be shared about the student.
Due to FERPA teachers can not:
- Use educational technology programs that the school district does not have a contract with.
- Send grades or other confidential information containing student names through email.
Post student information online without parental consent.
- Connect with students on social media classroom pages without parental consent.
Schools that are found to have violated student privacy can lose federal funding and legal action can be taken.
Equity in education requires schools to put systems in place that ensure every child has an equal chance for success. To ensure equity in a school system, the schools must understand the needs (challenges) of all students/populations of students and provide support through special programs to help students overcome those challenges. An example would be programs such as Special Education, bilingual/ESL, dyslexia, etc. These programs ensure that no matter the challenge students face, every child has the opportunity for success.
In an equitable classroom students are given support and scaffolding based on their ZPD (the difference between what a learner can do with help as opposed to without help).
- Some students will have different expectations on assignments, their assignments may be shortened.
- Some students will have extra time on assignments based on their accommodations.
- Some students will have resource teachers or aides within the classroom.
- Some students will have below grade-level instruction outside of the classroom with resource teachers.