Standard 3

Demonstrates competence in planning and preparing for instruction.

Artifact 1: How can we say…. poster
While teaching one of the issues that is unfortunately becoming common is students having a negative attitude about what they are doing in class, whether it is academically, behaviorally or socially. To improve students attitudes and set high expectations for our students in their success my coordinating teacher and I worked with the class to come up with a list of things to say to change our attitudes. We listed off each of the phrases seen below and then as a class came up with new ways to say the same or similar type of phrase, but with a positive spin on it. An example of this would be instead of saying, “this is too hard” students could say, “this is challenging for me” or “I need to learn more about this.”

Artifact 2: Lesson Plan – Plant Growth Lab
I am really excited about teaching science, science has always been fun for me and I want to make science fun for my students. While teaching science one of the labs I did with the students was growing plant seeds. The students were allowed to select their own hypothesis to test and to design their own experiments to test out their hypothesis using scientific procedures. Giving students control of the choices they made in the experiment made the lessons much more engaging for the students as it was now their experiment, testing out their own ideas – instead of ideas provided by the teacher.

Students worked in groups to figure out how they would test their hypothesis. Each day in lab students recorded data of their seed growth on a data collection sheet I created. The sheets gave students multiple different ways to collect and enter data such as taking measurements, recording observations and noting changes.

Artifact 3: Social Studies / Geography unit on maps.
The Island of TarTana is a unit I developed to teach map skills to third graders. The unit was aligned to the district standards for social studies for the Independence School District in Independence, Ia, as well as the Iowa Core standards. The unit is broken down into 5 full lessons, all accompanying materials needed for the lessons, including a “I Have, Who Has” game to review map terminology and a journal to record ideas or for creative writing and various worksheets.  The unit covers map symbols, cardinal directions and reading / navigating the map. Students developed maps for each other in the classroom and created a game to teach their classmates how to use maps.