Standard 9: Reflective Practitioner. Candidates are reflective practitioners who continually evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others (students, parents and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally.
Supporting Explanation Candidates consistently reflect on their teaching practices by continually evaluating the effect their instruction has on students. They monitor teaching strategies and behavior in relation to student success and use the information to modify and revise instruction accordingly. Candidates seek professional literature, engage colleagues, participate in professional organizations, and use other resources to support their continuing professional development. To guide professional behavior, candidates draw upon a broad knowledge of legal and ethical responsibilities, educational policy, and organizational, historical, and professional dimensions of classrooms and schools.
My Reflection on This Standard As a teacher I cannot ask my students to constantly learn new material and skills if I am not doing the same. I am a life long learner and want to model that behavior for my students. During my time at Maryville College I have taken the time to constantly participate in activities that were not mandatory to always continue my learning at a very high level. I have attended several conferences and participated in professional development activities. I am an avid reader that believes in staying up to date on new literature in the news, books, studies, etc. I know that I will be a teacher that will always try new ideas and not be afraid to attend conferences to constantly stay ahead of the learning curve.