Domain 4.7 Service to Students, School Building, District or Profession
School/Community Contribution Log
I may not have the required skills to coach tennis or volleyball, but I try to use my communication skills and passion for curriculum development to improve my students' lives and the functionality of my school and district. This year, I helped plan agendas and organize meetings for both the English Department and the Flivver Foundations Team. I attended meetings of the Evaluation Committee, helped plan and implement Academic Spirit Week, served on the School Improvement Team, Curriculum Development Committee, and the Academic Booster Club. I attended numerous 20 Minute PD Sessions and after attending MACUL 2013, I participated in follow-up meetings to provide direction for the future of technology at BTS. I attended a school visit to Bonduel School District to view integration of one:one technology, and I have been an advocate of integrated technology and inter-disciplinary work across grade levels and buildings. I made myself available to my students after school on Tuesdays and one four hour "Saturday Session" for extra AP Practice. On Tuesdays during the first semester, Chess Club members met in my room to continue a long-standing chess tradition first implemented by Steve Allis. Perhaps one of my most note-worthy contributions to the futures of my students was the countless hours I spent writing recommendation letters for scholarships and college admittance. My contributions to KHS and BTS may not come via record breaking athletic scores, but I try to serve my school community in the ways I am able.
Domain 4.8 Professional Development Log
My passion for teaching is fueled by self-improvement. I take my role as an educator very seriously and try to hold myself to the high standards set by some of my teaching role models. This year I took advantage of several professional development opportunities. I attended a Curriculum Crafter training, several 20 Minute PD's, completed a School Improvement course from LA Tech University, and attended the MACUL 2013 conference in Detroit. Additionally, I am a member of several Electronic English Teacher discussion groups including: AP College Board English Teachers, Yahoo English Teachers, and Schoology English Teachers. Without a doubt, the most useful professional development I received came from my attendance at MACUL 2013. While I gained many useful technology skills and insights into teaching at the conference, the most powerful information came from a key note speaker. The speaker described the life cycle of a particular aquatic animal that is born with a brain which it uses to move and propel itself forward. When the animal stops moving, the brain dissipates and the animal is rendered useless. This analogy is not lost on me. I want to be the teacher who is propelling herself forward, moving through the murky waters of the 21st Century with determined zeal. When I stop moving, I will no longer be of service to my students...and I love my students and community too much to allow THAT to happen!
Student Growth and Assessment Data
In this section of the portfolio begin to create a plan with your grade level or department teams as to how you will measure student growth. These plans will be shared with the building administrator.
At the last English Department meeting, my colleagues and I decided that we would use both Plan and ACT test scores to inform our instruction. I will also continue to use the Instructional Report from the AP College Board to inform my teaching in AP Lit.