This artifact was collected from the last week of my student teaching experience. As a thank you to my students, I chose to meet with each student one-on-one, to share with them a special fact, quality, or lesson I learned from them. I too was curious what they had learned from me as this incredible experience was coming to a close. During my “conferences” with the students I asked, “What have you learned from me?” In response to that prompt, each student was able to contrive a response detailing a lesson in which they learned something new from me. The responses show students deep understandings of a range of topics including concepts in math, spelling, and science. The new knowledge on the part of the student as well as the teacher, joined together to comprise a “Teacher Report Card”, to assess my work in the classroom.
I believe that the Teacher Report Cards are valuable artifacts because each student’s response presents my ability to provide learning opportunities that support the intellectual development of my students. This “assessment” was not only valuable to gain more knowledge as to my strengths in the classroom, but also to assess what deep understandings the students have gained from my teaching.
As mentioned above, the report cards were created at the end of the semester, weeks after the concepts were taught. This displays my students' deep understandings and true learning of concepts, not simply memorization. My ability to create engaging, meaningful lessons is demonstrated in the student’s aptitude to easily recall information from the “files” in their brain. Each lesson I plan considers how children learn and develop, to ensure students learning “life long” lessons, not simply memorizing information for an assessment, which will soon be extinguished. I selected four Teacher Report Cards to display as examples, which can be seen below.