My Professional Growth as an Education Major Essays
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Throughout the numerous experiences I have had during my time at Benedictine University, I have learned different lessons and values that will prove important to my teaching career. The different courses, teachers, and schools that I had the opportunity to work with have helped me grow as an educator and provided me with the tools needed in order to be successful. My first observation experience was eye-opening. Upon my arrival to Providence Catholic High School, I only had basic knowledge about what it took to be an effective teacher. After working with many different teachers at this high school, it became evident that every teacher adopted their own style of teaching. I also began to understand that in order to be a wonderful…show more content…
I learned quickly that being an effective teacher is an art that takes time and devotion. Many times, teachers are not provided with the necessary materials in order to maintain the various learning styles in a classroom. It is up to the teacher to create an environment where students can succeed. This is a full time job, meaning that a teacher’s work is not done once they leave the school. A teacher must contribute a significant amount of time and effort in order to see positive results in the school and in his or her own classroom. After observing my cooperating teacher’s strategies and learning more about the profession, I knew that I was going in the right direction with my life. I took a significant amount of knowledge away from this experience and have continued to strive to be the type of educator that I was blessed to work with during this experience. .
During my second preclinical experience at Westview Hills Middle School, I learned the importance of cooperation and collaboration among teachers at a school. I was able to observe team and department meetings during this experience. It became clear that it is important for teachers to work together in order to provide a positive atmosphere at a school and in a specific department. Although it became obvious that personalities and teaching styles were different throughout the school, the teachers still acted professionally and used each other as resources in
Professional Development Plan Essay
Initial Self- Assessment and Reflection
According to the Befriender (2002), people learn through reflecting on their actions, then apply what they have learnt in their future actions and decisions. It is important for me to reflect on my goals from last year and take responsibility for my progress. For my first professional development plan, I chose 3 skills to expand on throughout the year which were:
Improve decision making
Always attend group meetings
Focusing on improving my decision making proved to be a tough task as I have always had a problem maintaining the choices I have made. Successfully, I chose which subjects I wanted to proceed with in second year of university and remained with them decisions which has proved to be the best choices to suit me. The second goal which was necessary to improve on was to attend every group meeting. It was important that I made time available for the team meetings so it was sure that I would be involved with the discussions. We received fantastic marks so overall I am pleased that I followed through with my objectives but although I attended, I did not give a satisfactory amount of input into the work. Reflecting over this is disappointing which is why I must make this a new objective. Lastly, I chose to develop the skill of Harvard referencing. The development of the goal was successful and I am now able to reference all of my assignments correctly without any supervision, and feel more confident when individually writing important essays. Overall, I feel that the goals were achieved and my skills were addressed and enhanced, and will stay with me when I become a manager of a successful company.
With an aim to eventually be a successful business woman, it is necessary that I identify my current strengths and weaknesses and choose carefully which skills I must develop. After setting myself the goal of Harvard referencing last year, I believe that this is now a strong skill which I possess, along with the ability to write professional essays. Unfortunately, when it entails a variety of work to do, I tend to struggle completing it all on time and find myself becoming extremely stressed. Another strength I value is that I respect other people's opinions and pride myself on being a good listener which will be beneficial for my future career. Despite the fact that I work well in a team, I lack the confidence to lead a group and voice my point of view. To succeed in a manager's position, you must be able to take charge of a number of people and have a strong opinion and vision. Based on this, it is crucial that I put this skill into practise and develop my confidence when working in a group.
Ethics, Values, Beliefs and Professionalism
My understanding of values are...
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