(E3)- Exemplify an understanding of professional responsibilities and policies. In order to be an effective teacher, I will need to know what is expected of me beyond the common core standards. The insert below, is a snapshot from “A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”, one of our assigned readings for the class EDU 6134: Professional Issues in Education. I find this portion particularly applicable in helping me to be aware of the numerous attributes that I will need to continually contemplate and develop as I prepare to enter and thrive within the profession. In reading this publication put out by the Department of Education, I have gained a good understanding of the current state of education, the direction it is heading, the priority our country is placing on education, and how I can fit within this framework to become a strong contributing teacher. “A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T.”, will have great implications on student learning. The students will benefit greatly by receiving the best teaching instruction, continual and strong formative assessments to ready them for the next step of going to college, and being technologically competent. I am just entering the field of education and have a lot to learn. I need to focus on developing a diverse repertoire of instructional strategies. My instructional strategies will also have to include the use of frequent formative assessment with a focus on benefiting student learning. In the special education field it will be essential that I am able to communicate effectively with my colleagues and the families of my students. I will also want to develop my disposition. In EDU 6134, we chose one disposition to focus on during class time. I found this to be a valuable experience at increasing self-awareness. During my internship, I will pick a daily disposition to focus on for that particular day. This will be beneficial in increasing the effectiveness of my interactions with students and colleagues. In order to stay up to date on my professional responsibilities I plan on joining the National Association of Special Education Teachers in the near future.
U.S. Department of Education. (2013). A Blueprint for R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Retrieved August 14, 2013 from ww.ed.gov/teaching.