Posted by: swuharrison | July 27, 2011

Response to NETS-T Standard 5

Standard 5:  Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teachers:

  1. Participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning.
  2. Exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others.
  3. Evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning.
  4.  Contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.

Summary:  Teachers should model use of technology and digital tools in the community and in the school.  Improvements should continue to be made to classrooms and teaching methods. There should be involvement with the community as well as teaching and helping the development of technology skills of others. Technology and practice should be current to help student learning be more effective.

Strengths:
The technology classes I have taken for recertification have helped me to be aware of some technological improvements. I know my strength in
technology awareness will improve after this class and I will bring more technology into the classroom and model these skills.  I am improving my professional practice by pursuing my Masters Degree.

Weaknesses:  I have not been involved with digital communities nor modeled technology skills to my students. I have not showed
leadership by modeling or using digital technology. I have never felt comfortable doing much with technology other than emails, searching the
internet, or working with Microsoft.

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