Project #1678 - Teacher Work Sample

B. Illustrate how the contextual factors in your classroom affect the teaching–learning process.

1. Illustrate the environmental factors of each of the following areas:

a. Community

b. School

c. Families

Note: Environmental factors may include geographic location, community and school population, socioeconomics, race and ethnicity, stability of community, and community support for education.

2. Illustrate each of the following three classroom environmental factors:

a. Physical features

b. Availability of technology equipment and resources

c. One other classroom contextual factor

3. Present how the contextual factors in your classroom impact the design of instruction and assessment of learning.

4. Present how children’s developmental level and prior learning may influence your development of each of the following four components:

a. Learning goals

b. Classroom environment

c. Learning activities

d. Assessments

5. Complete the attached “School Demographics Survey.”

C. Design four original lesson plans for your multi-week standards-based instructional unit using the attached “Developmentally Appropriate Lesson Planning Template,” including each of the following:

1. Two teacher-led group activities

2. Two learning center activities for children’s independent activity

3. One of the following teacher-led whole class activities:

• Singing

• Role play

• Oral presentation

• Choral reading

• Dramatization

4. A developmentally appropriate use of technology

5. A theme from the social science curriculum

Note: Your lesson plans should use a variety of instructional strategies (e.g., hands-on exploration, literature and literacy connections, concrete experiences, guest presenters) that would help children comprehend a particular content area.

Note: Be sure to fill out all fields of the “Developmentally Appropriate Lesson Planning Template” for each lesson plan. Include all necessary resources and assessments for each lesson plan. You may or may not have the opportunity to teach all of the lessons you create, but you must teach at least one lesson and implement at least one learning center activity.

E. Prepare appropriate assessments by doing the following:

Note: This aspect of the task requires you to submit data about children in your class. Privacy laws and ethical considerations require that you remove any identifying information (e.g., name, school, ID numbers, addresses, pictures) from any submissions to WGU. If you use fictitious names, you must note this in your documentation.

1. Design an original developmentally appropriate assessment plan to monitor the children’s progress toward defined learning goal(s) for the multi-week standards-based instructional unit. Your plan should include the following:

• Pre-assessment, formative, and post-assessment instruments or strategies

• Scoring guides/rubrics

• Assessment plan table (using the attached “Assessment Plan Table”)

2. Provide an overview of your assessment plan by doing the following:

a. Explain your pre- and post-assessment instruments and strategies.

b. Discuss how your assessment plan uses multiple developmentally appropriate assessment approaches to measure children’s learning before, during, and after instruction.

c. Explain how your assessment strategies will authentically and appropriately measure children’s learning.

3. Discuss adaptations you made to your assessments for individual needs and/or diverse abilities of children based on pre-assessment and contextual factors.

4. Explain how you will analyze pre- and post-assessments, including the criteria you will use to determine and understand each child’s performance in terms of the defined learning goals.

5. Discuss formative assessment strategies that will help you determine progress during the standards-based instructional unit by doing the following:

a. Illustrate two formative assessment strategies that you will use to measure children’s progress.

b. Discuss the importance of collecting supporting evidence to demonstrate children’s progress.

6. Summarize the record keeping system you will use to track and monitor children’s learning and progress.

F. Communicate performance results by doing the following:

1. Create a graphic (e.g., table, graph, chart) of pre- and post-assessment data for each child that summarizes the progress of your entire class.

2. Create a graphic that compares subgroups (e.g., girls vs. boys, high vs. middle vs. low performers) from pre- and post-assessment results.

3. Discuss the class’s progress using your assessment data.

4. Justify why it is important to understand the development and learning of the children as a group as well as individually.

G. Reflect upon your performance as a teacher by doing the following:

1. Discuss the link between your performance and the learning results of the children.

2. Identify the learning goal with which your children were most successful.

a. Discuss two plausible reasons for this success by addressing your goals, instruction, and assessment.

3. Identify the learning goal with which your children were least successful.

a. Discuss two plausible reasons for this lack of success by addressing your goals, instruction, and assessment.

b. Explain what you would do differently or would improve to enhance children’s learning in the future.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 1/1/2013
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