Competency 5: Engage in Professional Development
The artifacts which demonstrate my disposition for life-long learning and continuous professional development include my PD transcripts from my former high school district and my paper from my 672 course on developing expertise.
Demonstrates the disposition for life-long learning and continuous professional development
As a high school teacher, I not only met the district professional development requirements but actively sought out additional training opportunities, particularly in technology. I participated in Microsoft trainings. I attended monthly workshops held on Saturdays. I served as my team’s Professional Learning Community leader and attended trainings targeted at PLC leaders.
In my current position as a resource teacher in middle school, I continue to seek out professional development opportunities. In addition to technology training, I have attended Cognitive Reading Strategy workshops and am enrolled in training to address vocabulary acquisition. I have begun training for Microsoft Certifications in Word and plan to pursue it actively upon the LDT program completion.
My 672 paper on developing expertise is a reflection on the lessons learned through the case study examples. Through the span of the course, I became more adept at analysis and identification of instructional design challenges. Although I did not and do not view myself as an expert, I felt that I advanced to Artisan status.