Open House Reflection

H4 – Honor family/community involvement in the learning process.  This standard speaks to the importance of communicating with the family/community as to the crucial role that they can have in participating in students’ learning.  For this entry, I will focus specifically on family involvement.  I recently participated in my school’s open house.  The open house was an excellent opportunity to meet the parents/caretakers, let them know what their children will be working on in our classroom, and introduce ourselves if we hadn’t already met. The evidence provided below comes from the syllabus that my mentor teacher provided for the event.    evidence for open house night

This evidence speaks to the important role that the parents/family will play in our students’ education and the process of communicating this to the parents.  The students spend time in each class recording some of the more important activities that they are working on in their planners.  The direction is for the family to be actively involved with the students in their learning. I learned a great deal from attending this event.  It was great to have the opportunity to interact with some of the parents, let them know that I will be doing my student teaching this year, and to begin the process of making connections.  Gargiulo and Kilgo (2011), stress the importance of the family in the educational process when they say “the best type of relationship that can develop between families and professionals is one in which families are viewed as full-fledged partners” (p 78).  They are speaking in particular of early childhood education.  However, I think this partnership is equally important to maintain as students progress through schools.  Students’ learning will be improved when their families take an active role in their education.  Education can become a focus in all aspects of the students’ lives, in addition to the time they spend at school.  As I progress through my internship, I will try and take every opportunity to dialogue with the parents/family about how their student is performing in class but also how the whole family is doing in general.  I hope to establish an effective relationship/partnership that can make everyone feel comfortable and provide a solid safe base that will enable the students to meet their goals.  In the near future, I will be attending an IEP meeting for a student that my mentor teacher oversees.  I will continue to take advantage of opportunities that arise to make family connections.

Gargiulo, Richard, and Kilgo, Jennifer 3rd edition (2011). An Introduction To Young Children with Special Needs Birth Through Age 8. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.



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.