As my time at SPU is winding down. I will reflect on HOPE standard E1 – Exemplify professionally-informed, growth-centered practice In order for me to continue to learn and grow as I enter the teaching profession, it will be helpful to have an awareness of the different stages that I might go through as a teacher.
In module 9 of our internship seminar course, we were provide with an article entitled The Winding Path: Understanding the Career Cycle of Teachers, by Susan K. Lynn. This article does an excellent job of identifying the potential stages of a teacher; pre-service, induction, competency building, enthusiasm and growth, career frustration, career stability, career wind down, and career exit.
The SPU program has emphasized the importance of reflecting and I have found great value in doing so. I am just wrapping up my pre-service stage and am searching for a place where I will be able to enter the induction stage. I would like to find a school climate, and administration that is aware of this critical stage in my career, and supportive. The enthusiasm and growth stage sounds like the most desirable stage that I hope to inhabit. Prior to getting into this stage, I will have to enter the competency stage. Knowing this, is extremely beneficial to my career. I need to make sure that I am focusing on developing and becoming competent as my main goal in the first few years without taking on too many additional activities at the expense of developing competency.
I will bring enthusiasm to my classroom from day one, and by incorporating a reflection time into my schedule I will be able to increase my awareness of my teaching operational stage and make necessary adjustments to ensure that I am working efficiently and effectively to facilitate student growth.
LYNN, SUSAN K. The Winding Path: Understanding the Career Cycle of Teachers. The Clearing House March/April 2002.