Domain A: Planning and Preparing for Student Learning

A1: Demonstrating subject matter knowledge and PCK
The teacher demonstrates an understanding of subject matter and subject-specific pedagogy during planning.
  • Podcasting
    How did the podcast assignment help you develop as a science teacher?Completing this background research for Greenwood Furnace really helped me see how important it is for teachers to be well informed about a subject before teaching it to students....
  • Pocket Day Research
    Once deciding with my mentor that I would be working on the lesson "Pocket Day", I reviewed the lesson and picked out the big math ideas that it would address.  I found that the big ideas included estimation and grouping/counting...
  • Describing shapes
    While planning this math lesson in a new investigation book I was teaching, Quilt Squares and Block Towns, I wanted to make sure that I had all of the necessary information to make it a successful lesson.  Because of this,...
A2: Using learning principles to understand children
The teacher uses principles of learning and development, and understanding of learners and learner diversity during planning of instruction and assessment.
  • Preparing to Teach
    In what ways have the subject matter research and concept interviews contributed to your thinking about supporting students' meaningful science learning and scientific inquiry?The subject matter research and the concept interviews became the basis for the lessons that I will...
  • Pocket Day Lesson Plan
    I developed this lesson plan after doing research on the math "Big Ideas" that are addressed by this lesson.  Pocket Day in Investigation 2 (2nd grade) focuses on estimation and grouping items by 10's, while using the 100's chart, to...
  • Fossil Imprints
    Full lesson:Fossil Imprints.pdfJustificationA2 - These sections of my Fossil Imprint lesson demonstrates how I  use principles of learning and development, and understanding of learners and learner diversity during planning of instruction and assessment.  I was able to have a...
A3: Using contextual factors in planning
The teacher uses relevant community, district, school, and classroom factors and characteristics in planning.
  • Classroom layout
    Thinking about my future classroom truly took a lot of planning.  I took a classroom space and added features such as learning centers, teacher storage, student storage, and desk, and placed them in positions to maximize safety, student experiences and...
  • PSA
    I created a public service announcement for my class after realizing that there were many friendship issues arising.  I used the PSA to teach my students about being kind to one another, being understanding, and standing up for one another. ...
  • Spring Thaw
    This School Yard lesson provided my students with the opportunity to learn and discuss the signs of spring after reading "Spring Thaw" by Steven Schnur.  Following this discussion, my students applied what they learned to our own observations in our...
A4: Developing appropriate instructional goals
The teacher develops and selects appropriate instructional goals and objectives.
  • Math Early Number Sense Lesson Plan
    Before creating this lesson plan, I conducted a pre-assessment on an average 1st grade math student.  After the pre-assessment, I found that the student had not yet developed her sense of "one more/two more and one less/two less."  During the...
  • Morning Meeting
    Full Morning Meeting lesson:Morning Meeting.pdfJustification:A4 - This lesson plan shows how I developed and selected appropriate instructional goals and objectives.  Morning Meetings is something that the whole class engages in every morning.  Because of this, I wrote objectives for our...
A5: Designing coherent learning opportunities
The teacher designs coherent short range and long range opportunities for student learning and assessment.
  • Math ENSP Pre-assessment
    For this assignment, we were asked to chose a student who we thought had average math abilities based on grade level, but who had room for improvement.  The focus of this assignment was "Early Number Sense".  I decided to chose...
  • Math Assessment
    Before beginning any new book in Investigations, I look at the End-of-Unit assessment and rubric.  This allows me to plan for long term goals for my students.  While I do not teach just to the test, I am able to...
  • Unit Planning
    Before the start of a new unit, the primary division gathers to discuss and plan.  During this unit planning, we are able to all come up with a long-term plan for the unit.  Since we already know what things we...
A6: Instructional resources
The teacher selects, adapts, and/or creates appropriate instructional resources and materials, including instructional technologies.
  • Virtual Field-trip Planning
    For this assignment, we were instructed to pick one of the Social Studies units being taught in our classroom and to create a "Virtual Field-trip" that would tie into that unit.  In my 1st/2nd grade multiage classroom, we began the...
  • Dinosaur 3-D Puzzles
    My mentor and I decided to do a fun 3-D puzzle activity with our students with the help of other adult volunteers.  It was a fun but overwhelming experience!  Here is an excerpt from the reflection journal where I talked...
A7: Preparing an appropriate learning environment
The teacher plans for an inclusive, nurturing, stimulating, and academically challenging learning environment.
  • CLE Plan
    My classroom learning environment plan was a thought provoking exercise.  With this assignment, I was able to create a classroom profile of my current class, a letter to the family of my future students, a community building plan, and management...
  • Nurturing Environment
    Andrea BalarezoReflection JournalMarch 21, 2009    One of my main beliefs about teaching is that a teacher should provide a nurturing and caring environment for students because that will help them to come to school with a positive attitude and ready...
Domain B: Teaching

B1: Engaging learners
The teacher actively and effectively engages all learners.
  • GWF S.S. Teaching
    This experience was very interesting because for the past several years I have been working with students in K - 2.  It was great to work with 5th graders because it is definitely different and it gave me a different...
  • Engaging in science
    This short video clip is an example of the different ways that I engaged my students during my 3 science lessons.Engage, [3].mov Justification:B1 - This video clip demonstrates how I actively and effectively engage my students during our science lessons. ...
  • We are Mathematicians!
    We are mathematicians! Powerful mathematicians! Working together we solve problems.  Patterns, connections, we build on what we know! We see math makes sense - YEAH! We are mathematicians! Powerful mathematicians! 1 - 2 - 3 - 4!  Every day before...
B2: Monitoring and assessing student learning
The teacher assesses student learning in multiple ways in order to monitor student learning, assist students in understanding their progress, and report student progress.
  • GWF Science Teaching
    What did students learn at your station?  How do you know (what's your evidence).Last week I facilitated the Greenwood Furnace field trip for 5th graders.  One other intern and I were in charge of the Macro invertebrate station while we...
  • Guided Reading Notes
    As I lead guided reading, I like to take notes about the sections that students read and notes on their fluency and comprehension.  This helps me keep track of who needs to read for me during the next session and...
B3: Managing classroom procedures
The teacher appropriately manages classroom procedures.
  • Grade Level Comparison
    In this paper, I was able to compare morning routines across various grade levels.  It was a great experience to see how different teachers handle morning routines and their expectations for their students during this time.  I was able to...
  • Managing Dismissal Routine
    Manage Dismissal Routine    I began helping with dismissal routine from the beginning of the year, and on my own when my teacher was unable to do it either because she had to leave or when there have been subs.  This...
  • Star Chart
    The other classroom teachers and I noticed that the students in our class were having a hard time walking in the hall.  Our transitions to and back from lunch and specials were too noisy and unorganized.  The students were running...
B4: Managing learning and behavior
The teacher appropriately manages student learning and behavior.
  • Case Study
    I was given the opportunity to observe a student for several weeks who appeared to need additional behavioral and social support while in the classroom.  After compiling my observations, my mentor and I came up with multiple interventions to help...
  • Student Behavior Chart
    In our classroom, we found that a couple of students were struggling with managing their own behavior throughout the day.  We tried a couple of different plans until we found a plan that began working very well for one student. ...
B5: Communicating effectively
The teacher communicates effectively using verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques while teaching.
  • Non-verbal Cues
    For this week's task, I focused on using non-verbal cues as my mentor taught the class.  It was a great experience to be able to reflect on my use of non-verbal cues as a classroom management technique and form of...
  • PSA Discussion
    I created a public service announcement for my class after realizing that there were many friendship issues arising.  I used the PSA to teach my students about being kind to one another, being understanding, and standing up for one another. ...
Domain C: Analyzing Student Learning & Inquiring into Teaching

C1: Monitoring and adjusting instruction
The teacher monitors and adjusts instructional and assessment strategies during teaching.
  • Math ENSP Reflection
    Working with my student on this project has taught me a lot about how students can be helped to develop their number sense.  After the pre-assessment, I saw that my student could use support with the "one more/one less" concept....
  • Struggling Writers
    From early on in the school year, I was able to see which ones of my students really struggled with the writing portion of some activities.  The following reflections demonstrate how 1. I recognize the need to change my instruction...
C2: Analyzing assessment data
The teacher systematically analyzes assessment data to characterize performance of whole class and relevant sub-groups of students.
  • Pocket Day Lesson & Assessment
    After conducting my Pocket Day math lesson on grouping, I wrote an analysis paper on the lesson itself and on student understanding based on assessment.  I was able to gather the data from the pre and post assessments to develop...
  • Science Teaching Analysis: Evaluate
    After teaching the science lessons on magnets, I got a chance to go back and use StudioCode to "tag" various parts of my teaching.  I created an "Evaluate video" focusing on a couple of parts during my teaching that I...
  • Survey Results
    Throughout the inquiry process, I collected data from my students to see how they felt about their actions and feelings regarding friendships and friendship issues.  After conducting the surveys, I analyzed the data and came up with the results of...
C3: Using data to evaluate teaching
The teacher uses data from his/her own classroom teaching to evaluate his/her own strengths and areas for improvement.
  • Science Teaching Analysis
    After conducting my three magnet science lessons with my 1st and 2nd graders, I had to opportunity to analyze my teaching videos in order to find my teaching strengths and areas for improvement.  I used studio code to create stand...
  • Stranger in the Woods
    I wrote this lesson based on the story "A Stranger in the Woods".  Stranger in the Woods.pdf  After my students did the lesson, I went back to analyze my teaching and reflect on how the lesson went.  Here is an...
Domain D: Fulfilling Professional Responsibilities

D1: Meeting expectations and fulfilling responsibilities
The teacher consistently meets expectations and fulfills responsibilities.
  • Fall Evaluation
    These fall conferences took place early in November.  My mentor, PDA, and myself got together to talk about my development as a teacher and my professionalism in the classroom.  Here is the evaluation form from that conference.Andrea Balarezo's Fall Form.doc...
  • E-mail re: Lesson
    In our classroom, I led my students through an activity where they discovered how tracks can teach us a lot about the creature that created them.  It was a very interactive lesson where different groups of students worked together to...
D2: Establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships
The teacher establishes and maintains productive, collaborative relationships with colleagues and families.
  • Unit Kick-off
    The primary interns and myself gathered to discuss our unit kick-off.  We decided to perform a skit for all of our students to get them excited about our new unit "Prehistoric Life".  Because there was not a skit prepared for...
  • Family Journals
    In our classroom, we wanted to open up communication between parents and students.  In order to do this, I thought it would be helpful for our students and parents to be involved in family journal writing.  Students are asked to...
D3: Valuing and seeking professional growth
The teacher values and seeks professional growth.
  • SYP meeting
    A few interns were given the opportunity to participate in the School Yard Project at Park Forest Elementary.  I thought it was an excellent opportunity for professional development and a great experience to meet with other primary teachers to plan...
  • Literacy Training
    I got the opportunity to participate in literacy training catered toward 3-6 graders.  This was so helpful because I haven't had the opportunity to work with this age group for guided reading or other types of literacy stations.  I valued...
D4: Demonstrating professionalism
The teacher continuously demonstrates integrity, ethical behaviors, and appropriate professional conduct.
  • Fall Evaluation
    These fall conferences took place early in November.  My mentor, PDA, and myself got together to talk about my development as a teacher and my professionalism in the classroom.  Here is the evaluation form from that conference.Andrea Balarezo's Fall Form.doc...
  • Spring Assessment
    The professionalism portion of my Spring Assessment indicates that I am consistently meeting expectations for the professionalism portion: JustificationD4 - This evaluation shows that I consistently demonstrate integrity, ethical behaviors, and appropriate professional conduct.  Both my mentor and PDA came...