As a member of Hoyt's Building Leadership Team, I participated in creating the building's RIT/MTSS plan. As a member, I have gained an understanding and an appreciation for our school's academic and social climate growth. In creating the MTSS I have attended professional development that has allowed me to gain a deeper understand of the Tiered instruction approach and therefore have a deeper understanding of my responsibilities as a teacher that reach far beyond the walls of my classroom.
In twelve years of teaching, Writing to Learn strategies, and John Collins writing techniques have had the most impact on the way I teach. Students write everyday in my classroom in order to demonstrate their understandings, apply what they've learned to new situations, and to reflect on their learning. By reflecting on the writing assignments I have my students complete, I can make changes on how I teach in the future.
I attended a National Leadership and Learning Conference in Atlanta, GA. Over three days, I attended sessions that provided strategies on: group work, graphic organizers and organizing information, using technology in the classroom, techniques to help students memorize and recall information, and creating student centered classrooms.
This last artifact, is an email I received after asking my principal to observe my classroom in order to provide feedback in terms of classroom management. This observation was completed after we discussed techniques I could use in order to improve the way my classroom was managed. I keep this email to serve as a reminder of techniques and strategies that work well for me and my students.