Teacher Performance Expectations #3:
Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter
Plan, design, implement, and monitor instruction consistent with current subject-specific pedagogy in the content area(s) of instruction, and design and implement disciplinary and cross-disciplinary learning sequences, including integrating the visual and performing arts applicable to the discipline.
Student Tutorial for Self-paced Lesson in NEARPOD
Artifact 3.1: Ancient Greece Homework Tutorial
Artifact 3.1 focuses on incorporating new technology and I chose learn Screencastify. As teachers, it is our job to demonstrate knowledge of our subject matter and adopt the California State Standards and Curriculum Framework. One of my goals is to facilitate student understanding of our History subject matter by creating to give all students the option to access a self-paced, interactive lesson called called NEARPOD. NEARPOD uses multiple means to represent, express, and engage students during learning and to demonstrate their knowledge.
NEARPOD supports the acquisition and use of academic language within the built-in learning activities and because the lesson is self-paced, it can include a full range of learners, students with disabilities, and students with other learning needs in the least restrictive environment. Lessons can be re-watched and assessments can be re-taken. NEARPOD provides objectives, expectations, and directions on the first slide for students to copy. I was able to create the NearPod tutorial video using Screencastify, a Google Chrome extension which makes the process super easy.
In the tutorial, students were given step-by-step instructions on how to use the self-paced lesson so they could complete on their own. Tutorials provide knowledge and confidence students needed to successfully complete individual assignments. A win-win for all.
Artifact 3.2 Instructions on how to create a tutorial.
Artifact 3.3 is a student/family brochure that includes information about my class. The pamphlet provides students with helpful resources, instructional materials, and steps for accessing assistive technology. The goal is to enable students and parents who were unfamiliar with technology or were having difficulty with distanced learning, get the help they need. The pamphlet has important day-to-day information, such as classroom rules and expectations, disciplinary proceedings, and my homework policy, and also includes accommodations for English learners and students with special needs. I felt that this was necessary to provide to students and their parents information to promote knowledge for all students, including the full range of English Language Learners (ELL), Standard English Learners, Students with Disabilities, and Students with other Learning Needs.
Artifact 3.3: Pamphlet Distributed to Students and Parents
"Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities." - Dr. Maria Montessori
I included Artifact 3.4 to show how the development of the Whole-Child can enhance learning for Students with Learning Disabilities. The strategy depends on self-coordinated action, hands-on learning, collective play, independence and observation. Her theory was adopted worldwide producing some of the most creative and successful people in the world such as the founders of Amazon.com, Wikipedia and Google. She received three Nobel Peace Prize nominations in 1949, 1950, and 1951.
Artifact 3.4 Montessori Theory