INTASC Standard #9
Professional Commitment and Responsibility
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects
of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other
professionals in the learning community), and who actively seeks out
opportunities to grow professionally.
[Headings for INTASC standards are taken from - Campbell, D.M. et al. (1997). How to develop
a professional portfolio: A manual for teachers. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.]
To be an effective teacher, I need to actively evaluate my teaching to see
how valuable it is to my students. Often, this will include also looking at
cultural and community aspects, too, in order to better understand my situation.
Also, I should invite well-respected teachers to observe me teaching and give me
feedback so that I can have an outside opinion - I cannot possibly see everything
that I do. Additionally, I need to be active in the professional community. This
involves going to workshops, master classes, and lectures. The biggest of these
types of professional development opportunities are the MENC and IMEA
conferences that are held each year. Attending these are great opportunities to
grow as a music educator. Finally, I can attend meetings of, and events sponsored by, NBA, MENC, and other professional education
Observation Reflection from MusEd 350
- After my first day observing at Anderson East Side Middle School with Mrs. Sue Finger, I reflected on our time there.
- It became quickly apparent that there would be much to learn from Mrs. Finger, as her program seemed to be run unlike any other program I had seen. I was excited about the experience.
Rehearsal Episode 1 Reflection from MusEd 355
- This is my self-reflection of the my first rehearsal episode (the plan for which can be found here). It shows my commitment to growing personally and professionally.
Reflection of Microteaching #2:
Chord Changes (November 16, 2004) from MusEd 100
- In my second microteaching experience I taught chord changes and chord
structure (based on chord symbols) to our class, using This Old Hammer
as the vehicle. The students wrote three chordal accompaniments based upon the
chord changes in This Old Hammer, but each time was in a new key.
- This experience taught me more about the difficulty of sticking to my
lesson plan. Also, I need to plan more appropriately; I over-planned for
this lesson and attempted to teach more than I could handle, particularly in
the time allotted. For more, please read my
- The point of this artifact is simple: it is a reflection that I wrote
about my own teaching. This is precisely what this INTASC standard is
referring to - the need for me, as a teacher, to continually reflect on my
work and evaluate its effectiveness and appropriateness to my community and
- View RealVideo excerpts from my microteaching video. [Note: This video is large (about 28 MB), will take
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