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 organizations.

Observation Reflection from MusEd 350

Rehearsal Episode 1 Reflection from MusEd 355

Reflection of Microteaching #2: Chord Changes (November 16, 2004) from MusEd 100

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