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How to Become a Sucessful Teacher

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Educator Success 101
Using the tools and concepts of the program at GCU to become the best Educator Possible
How Do I start?
Once in the teaching program at GCU, there are several important tasks that must be completed before starting the required practicum. Whether required by law or by the program completing these tasks should allow the student to enter the classroom and work with students, directly applying the skills gained at GCU. It is this classroom observation and participation that gives GCU students a first hand experience and helps them know what to expect and helps them to develop as effective educators via application and reflection of concepts and their own practices.
Next Step...Real World
These Requirements are...
Learner Goals 1-3
1.Professional Dispositions
Obtaining, shaping, and developing the appropriate values, commitments, ethics, and behavior of teachers.
Learner Goals 4-6
5.Data Informed Decision Making
The ability to read and interpret data and what it means for the learner as a teacher and the ability to see and change practices to better suit student needs.
2. Content Knowledge
The acquisition sufficient knowledge in the area meant to be taught.
3.Pedagogical Content Knowledge and Skills
The acquisition of sufficient knowledge of how to teach, teaching methods, and the ability to apply these in the classroom.
4. Professional and Pedagogical Knowledge and Skills
The ability to teach in ways that improve the learning of students and give them skills that will help them learn in the future.
6. Performance Assessment
The ability to assess and reflect on performance of students and himself, the teacher, and create effective methods of doing so.
Learner Goals 7-8
7.Techonology Integration
The ability to utilize technology in the classroom to create a better learning experience for the students.
8. Field Experience/Clinical Practice
The placement of learners in the classroom to develop skills through the practical use and application of knowledge and skills learned in the program.
Why learner Goals?
The learner goals in the teacher education program are used as standards for teacher education students, for program administrators to judge them buy and for students to strive to meet. They are what marks an effective and professional educator. By giving education students these goals, GCU is able to focus the curriculum and the minds of their students on the most important aspects of education, and help the students develop themselves toward these goals.
Taskstream: What is Taskstream?
Taskstream is an online portfolio utilized by the GCU College of Education for all students. This portfolio allows students to submit assignments to be graded and is accessible by staff/instructors and students alike. Taskstream is an online piggy bank of the education student's benchmark and best assignments, collected in one place as a representation of the work that the student is capable of as a student as well as an educator. Before graduation the entire Taskstream portfolio is evaluated and is the final judgement of whether a student is read to be a teacher.Because Taskstream is a portfolio that is sharable students may utilize it later when seeking a teaching placement after becoming licensed. Thus, the program is beneficial during and after schooling as a tool to promote the education student and show them in their best light, as well as to help them improve (Hintze, 2014; Taskstream 2014).
Professional Dispositions
Developing and fostering a professional disposition is the first of the learner goals of the teacher education program. Having a professional disposition is crucial to being a teacher. The professional disposition allows the teacher to maintain proper relationships with students, parents, and peers, as well as encourages students in their education and helps teacher instruct effectively. An educator with a professional disposition is the best that he/she can be in teaching, relationships, ethics, cooperation, and more. This means that a teacher with a professional disposition is well-rounded and professional in a way to maximize the potential of their students, peers, and his/herself. Each of the facets of professional disposition matches a standard of at least one of the national accreditation boards. One cannot succeed in the field of education without these attributes
Professional Dispositions
High Expectations
: Successful educators believe that all students have the ability to learn, and will use their skills to identify how best to assist and further students in their learning.
Respect for Diversity of Others
: Successful educators will recognize and respect diversity. They will encourage tolerance and use diversity to demonstrate the acceptability and importance of varying points of view and ideas.
Fairness
: Successful educators will promote equality and similar democratic and universal values and will be fair in administering assessment, judgement, and in their teaching methods.
Professional Conduct
: Successful educators will conduct themselves ethically and with integrity inside and outside of school. They will maintain a professional manner and demonstrate values and dedication in all aspects of life.
Professional Dispositions Continued
Reflection
: Successful educators use introspection to develop and better themselves as professionals. They may use tools such as feedback, data, reflection, further education, observation, etc.
Curiosity
: Successful educators are curious and encourage curiosity in students. They ask questions, engage in critical thinking and problem solving, and expect their students to do the same.
Honestly:
Successful educators are always honest and clear with their communications and intentions. They engage peers and students to help with decision making.
Compassion
: Successful educators are warm and personable and are compassionate and positive in all relationships. They seek to build real relationships though communication and understanding.
Professional Dispositions Continued
Advocacy
:Successful Educators are servant leaders, involved in the community, and stand for things bigger than themselves. They promote awareness and thinking about social issues in their students, and they work with students to help them overcome their own challenges and issues.
Dedication
: Successful Educators see teaching as more than a job. It is a vocation. They are dedicated to their students, to their peers, and to the content they teach. They support their fellow educators and branch out in their network. They are also lifelong learners and have as much passion for learning as they do for teaching.
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(GCU, 2014b; Hintze, 2014).
(Grand Canyon University [GCU], 2014a)
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(GCU, 2014a)
Rachel McCreedy
Grand Canyon University
UNV 501
October 27, 2014

(Hintze, 2014)
References
1. Hintze, W. (2014). UNV-501 Lecture 4. https://lc-grad2.gcu.edu/learningPlatform/user/users.html?operation=home&classId=84e304e5-440a-4110-ab31-fa660f60cef3#/learning Platform/loudBooks/loudbooks.html?viewPage=current&operation= innerPage&current Topicname=Welcome%20to%20the%20College%20of%20Education&topicMaterialId=79 8cc2df-b696-4812-b90d-2b52ebeacd88&contentId=a9c02f2f-2e6b-4ea5-8a98-0c24b8c4 2dc0&
2. Grand Canyon University. (2014a). Learner goals. Retrieved from http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Education/Program-Essentials/Learner-Goals.php.
3. Grand Canyon University. (2014b.) Professional dispositions of learners. Retrieved from http://www.gcu.edu/College-of-Education/Program-Essentials/Professional-Dispositions-of-Learners.php
4. Taskstream. (2014) Taskstream. Retrieved from https://www1.taskstream.com.
The goals, requirements, and standards sets forth by the Grand Canyon University College of Education are in place for the benefit of the learner. GCU wants their students to succeed and know that, by setting forth these things, their students are more likely to succeed as educators. Goals are set to help students know what is expected of them and to guide them, as are the standards. Requirements are in place to protect and prepare the college of education students for what is to come. In summation, all of the goals, requirements, and standards are created and enforced by GCU to ensure the success of their students by shaping them into excellent professionals and educators.
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