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 space
    For this assignment, we were asked to take pictures of various classroom spaces that work.  The Park Forest Elementary interns got together to collaboratively compile the pictures into an I-Movie to show how we can use the school and classroom...
  • 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...
  • MESS Project
    In order to create dynamic social studies activities for my students, I created an interactive bulletin board about Martin Luther King Jr.   This interactive bulletin board can be used in various ways.  It can be used as a  student led...
  • 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...
  • Student Hero Project
    After completing my own hero project on MLK Jr., my mentor and I decided that our students should create a hero project themselves.  We decided to make this a long range project by allowing the students time and opportunities to...
  • 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...
  • MESS Project
    In order to create dynamic social studies activities for my students, I created an interactive bulletin board about Martin Luther King Jr.   This interactive bulletin board can be used in various ways.  It can be used as a  student led...
  • 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...

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