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Baseline Portfolio

Engaging Adolescent Learners Program Capacities

Krista Robinson

on 26 January 2015

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Transcript of Baseline Portfolio

The 5 Capacities
So far I have learned...
In my development...
I hope to develop... because...
"The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Luner Landscape of a Teacher's Life" Parker Palmer
Teaching is a reflection of the self. Therefore, not only is it imperitive that the teacher have the courage to see their imperfections but also to be vunerable enough to be open and honest about them.
I hate to admit it but I'm not really a purposeful reflector. I usually do it in the moment or at night when I should be sleeping as I toss and turn worrying about what has happened or what isn't happening yet. However, some of my best solutions have come from this stressful way of working, when ideas just seem to pop into your head. I don't make time for it. I haven't put much value into doing it the formal way - it just takes too long and I've never got enough of a payout to make it worth my while.
"The Reflective Educator's
Guide to Classroom Research"
Fichtman Dana & Yendol-Hoppey
All teachers reflect... all day, every day, on the act of teacher while in the act of teaching and long after the school day is over.
"Teachers Doing Research: The Power of
Action Through Inquiry" David Hobson
"Relfection is a process of making sense of one's experience and telling the story of one's journey."
Reflection-in-Action - spontaneous, in the moment, as it happens, rolling with the punches

Reflection-on-Action - thinking about what happened after the event
Autobiographical Narrative - telling stories as a framework to better understaning yourself
Triple telling - past, present future Where you were, where you are, and where you want to go

Journaling - a written record of practice over a period of time
a better appreciation for how formal journalling can improve my teaching
then I will make time for it : )
"Becoming a Critically Relfective Teacher" Brooksfield
Four Critically Reflective Lenses
Our autobiographies as teachers and learners - how we see ourself
Our students eyes - checking in with our students to gain their perspective
Our colleagues' experiences - discussing our practise with other teachers to get their take on what we're doing
Theoretical literature - helps us to name our experiences by bringing to light parts of our teaching that have become habit
"The Reflective Educator's
Guide to Classroom Research"
Fichtman Dana & Yendol-Hoppey
"Professional Learning Communities: Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement" Dr, Shirley Hord
Supportive & Shared Leadership
Collective creativity
Shared Values & Vision
Supportive Conditions
"Professional Learning Communities: Communities of Continuous Inquiry and Improvement" Dr, Shirley Hord
In my development...
It is safe to say that I have done little to no inquiry into my teaching since I first became a teacher. Although I discuss issues with colleagues and share expertise into problems I am having, none of this is done formally or purposefully. Usually, it goes something like "I can't believe Johny is so far behind. How's he doing in your class?" ETC. Nothing is written down and goals aren't really set before hand.

As for the theoretical part, needless to say, that's why I'm here : )
I hope to develop...

a way of conducting inquiry that will work for me without being too time consuming or tedious
I know that if it takes too much time or seems repetitive - I won't do it.
In my development...
I should be doing way better in this area then I am because I am at a PLC school. We get an hour to collaborate with colleagues every 2 weeks. I got quickly discoraged in the beginning and then couldn't really find a group that I fit in to or that was focussing on something that I would be able to use. So instead I use the PLC time on improving on what I already am doing and sadly I do it alone.
I hope to develop...

Some relationships with like minded colleagues who I can join in collaborating with
I learn best when working with others and I really find this to be something I am really lacking.
In my development...
I say what? So far : )
In my development...
I say what? So far : )
When I "look" at myself I have to consciously try to see the positive. It doesn't come to me naturally. Even the ability to recognize the good in myself is relatively new. I have been very critcal and hard on myself. So for me this quote really stood out and made me laugh a little. What if you're already "courageous" enough to see all your flaws and imperfections? The real courage comes from being willing to share some of the mistakes you've made or are making with others, to help them to learn and maybe even learn something yourself. However, I have a feeling its the flaws and imperfections that I am unable to see that are really the things that are pulling me down. This is one of the big, main ideas that popped up for me.
How do you see your own reflection differently? How does your own personal lense distort what you see? How do you see yourself from other peoples eyes? I know who I think I am but is what I think I know the same thing that others know to be true about me? The answers to these questions will be an interesting journey.
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