4e.EX2 Growing and Developing Professionally Across Alaska 2017-06-01T16:34:48-08:00

EX2: Growing and Developing Professionally Across Alaska

3e: Demonstrating flexibility and responsiveness
Students ask questions on any topic and you eventually answer them all throughout the year. This can be both a powerful tool to build rapport and/or a short lesson they will always remember.

Educator: Kyle Schneider [Email Kyle]
School: Homer High in Homer

Appropriate for Grade Levels: PD
Content area(s): Music

How does this lesson or technique improve student learning?

As an arts educator, we all know that “growth mindset” has been our mindset from the first day we stepped into an arts experience. We choose to continue to further our own experiences for the betterment of our students and colleagues, bringing these experiences back to our classrooms, buildings, and districts.

What does it look like in my classroom?

Timeline: Ongoing

I regularly review my teaching practices with students and colleagues, adjust based on student need, and seek help from/offer suggestions to colleagues. I take an active role in my professional organizations by serving as regional representation, state leadership, and new teacher mentor. I attend local/state/regional/national festivals and conferences, have presented at the state-level conference, serve as a presider at state and regional level conferences.

There are significant social media resources (Facebook especially) that allow teachers of all levels to access information, and national associations manage databases (choralnet.org) to be used as a professional resource. I am currently in the process of building a “Talk to a Pro/Talk to an Alum” database for students interested in music, but also as a peer educator database (digital – international) with the goal of national reach.

The key to this activity (why it works so well for this component):

Supporting materials

Artifacts to gather for evaluation

  • Professional Correspondence
  • Social Media Postings
  • Professional Contact Database
  • Conference/Festival Catalogs/Programs
  • Meeting Minutes
  • Student Feedback Surveys

The Danielson Connection

Through active membership in professional learning communities (building/district level) and professional organizations (National Association for Music Education, Alaska Music Educators Association, American Choral Directors Association, Alaska Choral Directors Association, National Association of Teachers of Singing, etc.); by attending district/state/regional/national conferences, workshops, and festivals; and by actively seeking feedback from colleagues and supervisors, we can fulfill the expectations of 4e.