The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.


Reflective Statement for Decision Point 3

     The teacher needs to be flexible with his or her lesson plans, because of student needs and also because of the changing of times (INTASC 7: K3, D2). The teacher cannot use the same lesson plans every year; they must change it according to the students’ learning styles (INTASC 7: P2). They also must be willing to change their plans suddenly, because of someone’s input or needs (INTASC 7: P5). The teacher must remember that the students' needs are more important than the teacher's plans.

     An example of this in action would be a math teacher who had only planed one class period for the quadratic formula. After teaching the class, the teacher realized that over half of the class still did not understand the topic. That teacher would have to take an extra day of teaching the formula, and try to teach it in a different way so that the majority of the students would be able to understand it.

     I can use this principle in teaching by doing surveys every year to see what the students like and dislike. I would then base my ordering of new materials on what the students like this year. Just because they liked Pokémon cards five years ago doesn’t mean they like them now. I would have to respond to what the kids liked and needed. I would use the practice of “just in time” ordering, rather than “just in case.” “Just in time” ordering means that the library media specialist waits to buy materials until he or she knows that they are actually needed. “Just in case” ordering would be if the library media specialist tried to predict what the students might need. “Just in time” ordering would save a lot more money than buying not needed materials with “just in case” ordering, and also keeps the collection relevant to the current population of students and current curriculum goals.







Reflective Statement from Decision Points 1 and 2

     This principle is basically saying the teacher needs to be flexible with their lesson plans (INTASC 7: D2). The teacher cannot use the same lesson plans every year; they must change it according to their students. They also must be willing to change their plans suddenly, because of someone’s input or needs (INTASC 7: P5). The teacher must remember that the students' needs are more important than the teacher's plans.

     An example of this in action would be an orchestra teacher that only had his students playing Christmas music for the winter concert. Once he found out there was a Jewish person in his class, he would have to add a Hanukah song. He always has to be on the lookout for people that have different beliefs than the majority. He would also have to make sure that he has different music available for the people that would want it.

     I can use this principle in teaching by doing surveys every year to see what the students like and dislike. I would then base my ordering of new materials on what the students like this year. Just because they liked Pokémon cards five years ago doesn’t mean they like them now. I would have to respond to what the kids liked and needed.