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1 Individual Learning Plan Master of Science in Education, Walden University EDUC-6610: Teacher as Professional Crestie Smith April 20, 2021 Individual Learning Plan
2 One of the key components of becoming a teacher is professionalism. I have always characterized myself as a professional and I believe it is one of my greatest strengths, as a teacher. I am very passionate about what I do so I strive to be the best that I can be for my students and for my school. Appearance is very important to me; I always take the time to ensure I look professional. I am enthusiastic about my job and I try my best to ensure my students feel loved and welcomed, no matter their background. Another strength of mine is professional development/growth. I continuously participate in professional development opportunities through my school such as webinars, trainings, and meetings. Just recently, my colleagues and I participated in a Higher-Leverage Practices training virtually which allowed me to learn more information on how to support student learning through: collaboration, assessment, social/emotional/behavioral, and instruction. I plan to continue to participate in every professional development opportunity that is available to me. It will not only make me become a better teacher for myself, but also for my students. Two other key components of becoming a teacher are being an advocate and demonstrating equity. I believe I display both of these qualities inside and outside of school. In Haney’s essay, one quality that she displayed was being an advocate for her students. She voices “In my classroom, my world, the important people are not the policymakers and textbook companies; they are my students and their families” (Nieto, 2014, pg. 105). I strongly stand by this, one of my greatest strengths is advocating for the social, emotional, physical, educational, behavioral, and basic needs of others (Laureate Education, 2016, p. 2). In Pre-K, we focus on teaching social-emotional skills as well as academic skills because our students are learning who they are as a person and it is our job, as teachers, to provide support for them and to provide a
3 positive learning environment that is free of bias and discrimination; and respects diverse cultures, values, and beliefs (Laureate Education, 2016, p. 3). I will continue to be an advocate for my students and demonstrate equity in my classroom by being the best possible role model I can be, who shows kindness and empathy as well as who sets high expectations for the students so they can be the best possible person they can be. Another key component of becoming a teacher is collaboration. Part of becoming a teacher is the ability to work well with others, including the students, colleagues, and families. I collaborate with my grade level teachers multiple times a week for lesson plans and activities that will ensure the best possible learning outcome for our students as well as collaborate with my students’ parents about their goals and concerns and I strive to make a positive change in our community through my students. I will continue to improve my collaboration skills by sharing

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