The artifact is the March 30, 2007 lesson plan for the Spanish II subject thought to grades 9-12. I think that this artifact was filed under the TN-PES 1 Standard because in designing, developing , and writing a lesson plan the candidates best demonstrate their understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline. It is the lesson plan that the candidates plan their course of action on how to best teach the subject taking into considerations the capability of their students specifically those who have learning and physical disabilities, and the current educational environment.Taking all these into account, I think that this artifact lesson plan demonstrates my competencies which were specifically discussed in this standard. These competencies are my knowledge and understanding of the major concepts of the discipline (Spanish II) I teach, my understanding of the assumptions and processes of inquiry for the discipline I am teaching through this artifact, my ability to create an interdisciplinary learning experiences that will allow the grades 9-12 students to integrate knowledge, skills and methods from several subject areas such as their early Spanish language subjects. Also, through the design and development of this lesson plan, I demonstrated my knowledge of several disciplines languages, history, arts and literature among others. Lastly, through the creation of this lesson plan, I took into account the implications of disability legislation and special education policies and procedures in planning on how to teach Spanish II to grades 9-12 students, and I provided for an equitable access to and participation for students with disabilities.
[...] Also, by deciding to give my students a written quiz rather than an oral one, I showed that I am confident in selecting, constructing, and using formal and informal assessment strategies and instruments appropriate to the learning expectations being evaluated to make instructional decisions based on student performance information. And of course, at the end of the assessment period, I maintain a record of how my students did in that quiz, and appropriately adjust my learning strategies for the remaining of the class to improve the students' learning of the subject matter. [...]
[...] Through these, I was able to express and outline the teaching strategies that I plan to use in teaching the subject. As such, I believe that it is just, but appropriate to file this artifact under this standard. Through the artifact, I was able to demonstrate several things including my knowledge, skills and dispositions as a candidate. In developing the artifact, I was able to demonstrate my understanding of a variety of instructional strategies to encourage the development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills in my students for the unit. [...]
[...] Also, I need to practice on my presentation and teaching skills. Artifact 2 The artifact is a reaction paper on whether full inclusion effectively contributes to the education of children with disabilities. The artifact is filed under this standard because it promotes my and other candidates' understanding on how students learn and develop their intellectual, social and personal characteristics, and furthermore, teaching children with disabilities is challenging in terms of providing the students the support they need for intellectual, social and personal development. [...]
[...] In actually teaching the lesson, I am able to demonstrate my understanding of language development, the role of language in learning and how culture, gender, and exceptional learning needs affect communication in the classroom. I think that to know the language's history will help me teach it better. The artifact as a tool helped me model effective communication strategies in conveying ideas and information, asking questions, listening, giving directions, probing for student understanding, and helping students express their ideas, and that with the use of nonverbal communication techniques, I can best support the students' learning. [...]
[...] It stated my complete name, my occupation (Spanish teacher), the school I am teaching in and its address, my email and Web site, my phone number, and my pass number. I think that it is appropriate that this artifact is filed under this standard seeing that the standard talks about how candidates harness the use of technology to enhance their professional growth and productivity. In designing, developing, and creating this artifact my business card I used computer technology (hardware and software). [...]
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