Edu 6918 Reflection

O1, Offer an organized curriculum aligned to standards and outcomes. As a special education teacher creating curriculum for the classroom, I will be guided by the common core standards, and each student’s unique learning goals.  In order to best be of service to my students’ and plan curriculum that will meet these needs, it will be essential that I know them as individuals and create effective relationships. In EDU 6918, one of our writing modules focused on the importance of establishing effective relationships.  I find this particularly applicable for special education and I have included my response from a discussion post prompt “What will you do to establish and maintain effective relationships with students?” In my response to this prompt, I demonstrate an awareness of the importance of establishing relationships image_for_standard_01with my students, and their families, to best meet their needs.  I also highlight the importance of valuing each student’s unique attributes and interest. Creating a climate of acceptability and encouragement, will allow students’ the opportunity to grow and meet their learning goals.   In creating this evidence, I learned that it will be important for me to work hard to build strong relationships in the classroom by developing emotional objectivity.  Marzano (2007), refers to emotional objectivity as a quality of a teacher that is able to maintain a mental equilibrium while ensuring classroom norms and expectations are followed. My effectiveness as a special education teacher, will be judged based on how my students progress towards meeting their stated educational goal’s found within their IEP’s.  I will also be involved in crafting appropriate goals for my students.  The ability to establish effective relationships with my students and their families, will enable me to develop specific learning goals that will be high, yet achievable, with the common core in mind. I can continue to learn more about ways to effectively communicate with, and involve families in the education of their children. To build effective relationships with students of all backgrounds, I will have to be culturally aware of each student, their family, and embrace the opportunity to learn about cultural traditions and norms that will be different than my own.

Marzano, R. J. (2007). The art and science of teaching. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.