- Identify several standards that are similar.
- Italicize three standards that are your strengths.
- Bold three standards that are your challenges.
- Fill in a plan to change your challenges into opportunities. If the standard is not a challenge, leave the cell blank.
- Identify a professional development opportunity to support changing each of your challenges into strength. If the standard is not a challenge, leave the cell blank.
Below the matrix:
- Write a paragraph that summarizes the role of an elementary teacher. Include how the standards affect the teacher’s role.
A plan to change this challenge into an opportunity
Professional development opportunity to support this change
|UOP Standard: Demonstrates solid knowledge of content and pedagogy.
National Standard: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
NJ Standard: Knows and understands in-depth the subject matter they plan to teach and the relationship of that discipline to other content areas.
|UOP Standard: Develops and uses curricula that encourage students to see, question, and interpret ideas from diverse perspectives.
National Standard: Teacher promotes children’s cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and linguistic development.
NJ Standard: The development of students’ critical thinking, independent problem-solving, and performance capabilities.
|This standard is a challenge for me because I have no classroom experience and I have never created curricula. My plan to change this challenge into an opportunity would be to practice creating lesson plans that encourage students to see, question, and interpret ideas from diverse perspectives. I would gain more knowledge of how to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance capabilities.||The professional development opportunity to support this change would be walking into my first classroom and begin teaching my first class of students.|
|UOP Standard: Establishes a learning community that is safe, warm, and caring.
National Standard: Teachers create a safe, secure learning environment for all children.
NJ Standard: Create a positive classroom climate which is socially, emotionally, and physically safe.
|UOP Standard: Models good appropriate oral and written expressions verbal and written skills.
National Standard: Teacher values and models good oral skills in the classroom and the community.
NJ Standard: Communicates clearly in English, using precise language and.
|UOP Standard: Works as a team player within the school community.
National Standard: Contribute to the effectiveness of the school by work collaboratively with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development, and staff development.
NJ Standard: Collaboration with colleagues to give and receive help.
|UOP Standard: Identifies and uses community resources to foster student learning.
National Standard: Find ways to work collaboratively and creatively with parents and/or community to engage them productively in the work of the school.
NJ Standard: Identify and utilize family and community resources to foster student learning and provide opportunities for parents to share skills and talents that enrich learning experiences.
|To change this challenge into an opportunity I must become more involved in my community to understand and utilize the community and family resources available to foster student learning. By becoming more involved, I become more knowledgeable of my community and what it has to offer to me as a teacher.||The professional development opportunity to support this change would be to use family and community resources in my first classroom, so that student learning is fostered by them.|
|UOP Standard: Participates in professional organizations.
National Standard: Work as leaders and collaborators in the professional community.
NJ Standard: Learn through professional education organizations.
|UOP Standard: Designs instructional activities that are appropriate for all students.
National Standard: Employ a range of instructional strategies and resources to match the variety of children.
NJ Standard: Identify and design instruction appropriate to students’ stage of development, learning styles, strengths, and needs.
|This standard is a challenge for me since I have never created any lesson plans or instructional activities, and I lack classroom experience. To change this challenge into an opportunity I will gain knowledge of the appropriate instructions to use with diverse students. Then I plan to practice writing lessons that accommodate all students.||The professional development opportunity to support this change would be to have a diverse classroom of students who have different needs. This would allow me to design instruction appropriate for all students.|
|UOP Standard: Uses vocabulary and communication style that reflects sensitivity to gender and cultural issues.
National Standard: Teacher models and teaches behaviors appropriate in a diverse society by promoting fairness and equality in their classrooms.
NJ Standard: Communicate in a variety of ways that demonstrate a sensitivity to cultural, linguistic, gender, and social differences.
|An elementary teacher’s role|
| An elementary teacher plays a complex, yet rewarding role. There are many parts that make up a teacher’s role, including knowledge of content, instructional planning and design, assessment, managing the classroom and student behavior, create a positive classroom environment, communication, student engagement, diversity, parental and community involvement, professionalism, and reflection. Each and every one of these parts contains a vast amount of standards and norms that elementary teachers must follow in order to be a proficient and successful teacher. A teacher must be able to fulfill all of the required roles to be successful. Every day in the classroom is different, which is why the roles change as the day changes. The standards affect a teacher’s role because a teacher must follow these standards in order to play the role of a successful teacher. The standards should be viewed as guidelines and rules for teaching in an elementary classroom.
References for Standards
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. (2001). NBPTS Standards: Second Edition.
Retrieved August 8, 2011, from http://www.nbpts.org/userfiles/File/ec_gen_standards.pdf
New Jersey Department of Education. (2004). New Jersey Professional Standards for Teachers and
School Leaders. Retrieved August 6, 2011, from http://www.state.nj.us/education
University of Phoenix. (n.d). University of Phoenix Bachelor of Arts in Education Elementary Education
Program Standards. Retrieved August 6, 2011, from University of Phoenix, Week One reading, aXcess, EDU/301 – Foundations of Education Course Web site.