Robert Byrd Candidate Teaching Summit Presentation. [email protected] http://studentweb2.reinhardt.edu/psoe/byrd77361 The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows. ~Sydney J. Harris. Candidate Teaching. Robert Byrd River Ridge High School Cherokee County
To the left is a contract to teach school from 1828. The contract is for my Great Great …. Grandfather, Charles Byrd. He taught a class of twenty five students at $3.50 per student for a six month period, payable in corn, grain, colts, yearlings, bees wax, or pay on his account at the general store.
Here I am 184 years later. I would be happy to have a contract payable in colts and yearlings.
Arnold Mill Rd.
Opened in 2009
Now serving 9th-11th grades.
River Ridge high school is located in the northern portion of Woodstock, Georgia in Cherokee County.
INTRODUCTION:January 2nd 2012 begins a new journey into the realm of candidate teaching. At 49 years old there is little that I fear; there are many things I respect. The esteemed position of teacher is one of the things I greatly respect. It is with great anticipation that I started the semester. I was eager to find if I truly have what it takes to take on the awesome responsibility of being certified as teacher. While I never claim to be perfect, I do know that teaching is what I truly enjoy. Through my journey in life I have learned that life is all about continual learning and growth. Through this experience I have grown in knowledge and wisdom for what it takes to not only be a teacher, but to be a good teacher. Ms. Jennifer Dow has been an outstanding model of an outstanding teacher. I know that through trial and perseverance, I to shall one day be an outstanding teacher.
Documentation of Competency
Ender’s Game by: Ormond Scott Card science fiction 9th ELA
Non-fiction Expository writing. 11th grade American Literature
The pre-assessment determined that most of the students were deficient with the literary element of allusion. In the reading of Ender’s Game , there are several references of allusion. Therefore, I prepared a lesson on allusion. I had observed in other lessons that the students enjoyed an element of competition and they also enjoyed being creative in the area of power-point presentations.
I utilized this assessment to create a lesson that optimized on the student’s interest. The students were broken into teams and created a power-point presentation about allusion following a rubric I created for them. The teams could win on multiple levels; therefore, creating an opportunity for each team to win at multiple levels.
After the students completed their power-points they presented them and were graded as a team; their rubric being the guide by which they were scored.
The students were also given a post-test to determine if they understood the material they had just worked on.
While observing my ninth grade college prep students, I began to see that quite a number of students were reading well below grade level. I therefore devoted more time to in class reading. One of the books we were reading was Ender’s Game by Scott Card. Through a power point presentation I introduced the fiction novel and modeled reading strategies, and discussed literary elements that would help the students with their reading skills. Then as we began reading the book I would model reading aloud to them and then discuss what I had read. I then had the students read pop-corn style around the room discussing the book as we went. I then gave the students silent reading time, and along with silent reading they had a study guide they were to fill out as they went. The study guide also had other activities as mentioned before in a lesson plan about allusion. This afforded the students the opportunity to use technology to develop their own power-points and take ownership of their lesson and learning.
Students need constant motivation and redirection to stay focused on a task. It is often necessary to take multiple approaches to one lesson.
Professional Organization Memberships
My Teaching Philosophy
Mat Candidate Teaching
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This time of candidate teaching has been a tremendous learning experience. I could not have asked for a better collaborating teacher. She gave direction, encouragement, and well administered advice. As I embark upon my search for employment in the educational field I will seek to add to my certificate to make myself more marketable. In the mean time I’m going fishing. See you at the lake this summer.