ERIC Number: ED464044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
From Student Teaching into a Profession: One Model for Guiding Professional Development.
Fallon, Moira A.; Brown, Susan C.
This paper describes a model developed at one urban university to guide student teachers through a semester-long process of reflecting upon their teaching skills using state and national standards. The model required analysis of professional abilities using a self-assessment of teaching skills tool. Under this model, preservice student teachers worked through a self-assessment of teaching competencies in the domains of curriculum, classroom management, instruction, assessment, and professionalism. Two assignments helped student teachers through the process. The first was to take information from the needs assessment document and create visual snapshots of themselves as teachers. The second was to list, in order of priority to self, teaching strengths and areas for improvement. This process of self-evaluation went on throughout the semester. Participants rated themselves at three points during the semester. Reflection with a peer on these ratings was ongoing. Each reflection was substantiated with specific examples and evidence (lesson plans, work samples, a classroom management plan, student cooperative learning projects, and observations of student teachers' performance). The process culminated in the creation of a professional portfolio and a professional development plan. Participants considered the process critical to accurately identifying their teaching skills. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (54th, New York, NY February 23-26, 2002).