Demonstrating Capacity for Reflective Practice:
THE REFLECTIVE PROFESSIONAL
The Principle: The successful teacher is one who continually engages in cycles of review and adjustment for the purposes of professional growth and improvement of instruction.
Key Attributes: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community). The teacher actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
Indicators of Performance (Grouped by Attributes):
1. The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on herself/himself and others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community).
- The teacher understands methods of inquiry that provide him/her with a variety of self- assessment and problem-solving strategies for reflecting on his/her practice, its influences on students' growth and learning, and the complex interactions between them.
- The teacher knows a variety of self-assessment strategies for reflecting on the practice of teaching.
- The teacher is aware of the personal biases that affect teaching.
- The teacher values critical thinking and self-directed learning as habits of mind.
- The teacher is committed to reflection, assessment, and learning as an ongoing process.
- The teacher is committed to seeking out, developing, and continually refining practices that address the individual needs of students.
- The teacher recognizes the importance of working with professionals.
- The teacher recognizes the professional responsibility for engaging in and supporting appropriate practices for self and colleagues.
- The teacher seeks and acts upon advice and suggestions and is willing to give and receive help.
- The teacher uses classroom observation, information about students, and research as sources for evaluating the outcomes of teaching and learning and as a basis for experimenting with, reflecting on, and revising practice.
- The teacher draws upon professional colleagues within the school and other professional arenas as supports for reflection, problem-solving and new ideas, actively sharing experiences and seeking and giving feedback.
- The teacher maintains her/his own well-being in the context of her/his professional life.
- The teacher uses self-reflection as a means of improving instruction.
- The teacher engages in professional discourse about subject matter knowledge and pedagogy.
2. The teacher actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
- The teacher is aware of major areas of research on teaching and of resources available for professional learning (e.g. professional literature, colleagues, professional associations, professional development activities).
- The teacher knows where to find and how to access professional resources on teaching and subject matter.
- The teacher understands the need for professional activity and collaboration beyond the school.
- The teacher recognizes his/her professional responsibility for engaging in and supporting appropriate professional practices for self and colleagues.
- The teacher embraces lifelong learning.
- The teacher seeks out professional literature, colleagues, and other resources to support his/her own development as a learner and a teacher.
- The teacher actively participates in professional research and dissemination activities.
- The teacher participates in meaningful professional development opportunities in order to learn current, effective teaching practices.
- The teacher stays abreast of professional literature, consults colleagues, and seeks other resources to support development as both a learner and a teacher.
Links to each of the seven principles
Successful teachers consistently exhibit:
The principles of the professional standards:
|•||Appropriate conduct as a professional,||•||Dedicated Professional|
|•||Knowledge of foundations of the profession,||•||Knowledgeable Professional|
|•||Expertise in all subjects taught,||•||Content Specialist|
|•||Skills as an educational designer,||•||Educational Designer|
|•||Skills as an educational facilitator,||•||Educational Facilitator|
|•||Skills as an educational evaluator, and||•||Educational Evaluator|
|•||Capacity for reflective practice.||•||Reflective Professional|
The complete list of Professional Standards in HTML with Principles, Attributes and Performance Indicators
The complete list of Professional Standards in PDF with Principles, Attributes and Performance Indicators
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