S: Ms. Tharps' ePortfolio
BC: Nekia Tharps 512- 466-3773 email@example.com
FC: Ms. Nekia Tharps | I'm Teaching to Change the Future!
1: Table of Contents | 1. About Me 2. Educational Philosophy 3. Resume INTASC Principles: 1. Knowledge of Subject Matter 2. Knowledge of Human Development & Learning 3. Adapting Instruction to Individuals 4. Multiple Instructional Strategies 5.Classroom Motivation & Management 6. Communication Skills 7. Instructional Planning Skills 8. Assessment of Student Learning 9. Professional Commitment & Responsibility 10. Partnerships
2: Ms. Tharps "I change myself, I change the world" - Gloria E. Anzaldua
3: I am currently a senior education major at Southwestern University. I have played basketball and ran track for the university. I enjoy reading, cooking and teaching! I look forward to a career in education!
4: E | Educational Philosophy Statement | I strongly believe in the use of best practices. I will use inquiry based learning to encourage creativity and foster curiosity in my students. I will establish a positive learning climate, so that each and everyday my students feel free to contribute to the overall learning experience of our entire class. I will teach for social justice, to raise citizens who advocate for the equality of all, to help me do this effectively, I will be a culturally responsive teacher. I also want students to know I care about them so that they develop a sense of pride for all they do. I have a passion for teaching because by teaching I am changing the world. I have a passion for teaching and learning, I want encourage my students to develop a strong passion for learning as well.
5: Nekia Tharps 3309 Long Day Dr, Austin, TX 78754 Cell: 512.466.3773 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Objective: To obtain a position in early childhood education. Education: Southwestern University Expected Graduation: May 2012 Relevant Experience Project Coordinator, SureScore, Austin, TX—June 2008- Present Summer intern Evaluate assessments; to prepare data for reports Generate reports for school districts that show college-readiness of students. Child Care Provider, Sowers Family, Georgetown, TX—Fall 2011 Responsible for the care of two little boys. Designed developmentally appropriate activities. Presenter, Southwestern Student Work Symposium, Georgetown, TX—Spring 2011 Presented research on learning strategies for working with English language learners. Work Experience: Student Development Associate, Pirate Outreach Committee, Georgetown, TX—Fall 2009-Present Contact financial supporters of Southwestern to raise support for the Southwestern Fund. Volunteer Experience: PIE Mentor, Partners in Education, Georgetown, TX—2008-2009 References Ginger Bordeau: 512.262.0481 Teresa Burkes: 512.268.3222 Jenifer Saenz: 512.825.4288
6: Since I am certifying EC-6, I will be teaching all subject matter. During Field based, and previous placements, I have had the opportunity to teach different lesson across the content area. I have taken several course the focus on the content areas (Teaching Math and Science I & II, Reading Methods I &II, Social Studies Methods). While here at Southwestern, I feel I have been adequately prepared to teach the content required by the state. If there was ever something I needed assistance preparing to teach, I would not hesitate to ask someone for guidance. I will continue learning, to be able to have quality discussions and lessons with my student. I think of teaching as one big learning process.
7: Clouds with student statements about what they are going to do fight for equality, a social justice lesson. | Sample student work from a science lesson, they put together flowers; a common noun chart we put together as a whole class.
8: Knowledge of Human Development & Learning | In Development Psychology, I learned a lot about the developmental stages of children. I agree with Vygotsky's thoughts that children learn through play; this is one of the reasons why I make sure that I always engage my students. I think that students learn from one another, so I will also use inquiry based learning, with the proper guidance that is necessary to learn the new material. I will challenge my students within reason. I want them to reach their fullest potential. | The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
9: This was a fun outdoor compass activity that required the students to find objects hidden by their classmates.
10: Adapting Instruction to Individual Needs | The teacher understand how students differ into their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners. | Since I believe that no two learners are alike, it is key that I design my lesson in a way that all of my students will be successful. I myself am a visual learner, so I can appreciate the various modes of instruction delivery. In my classroom, I will vary the way I teach, I will keep Gardner's multiple intelligences in mind when differentiating material.
11: Providing one-step instructions to a student after giving directions to the whole class.
12: Multiple Instructional Strategies | Everyone learns differently, this is something that I will constantly keep in mind when designing lessons. I will use strategies such as small grouping, allowing students to use manipulatives, partner/group work, guided instruction, and many other best practices. I want to teach engaging lessons. I want my students to actively participate, to help make sure this happens, I will write culturally responsive lessons. I want my students to feel personally connected, I know that this will increase participation, and be meaningful for the students, it will also help students learn about the different cultures that make up our room!
13: Teaching students at the Outdoor School in Marble Falls, being outside gave learning a whole new dynamic. | Students Manipulated there own recyclable materials.
14: Classroom Motivation & Management | The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. | Having been in several different classrooms now, I see the benefits of establishing a welcoming and accepting classroom environment from day one. I will have a behavior system in place, and students will be made aware of what consequences will occur if they choose to break the rules, I will also document, in the instance that I need to discuss behavior issues with a parent. I don't want to not have control of my classroom, having too many disruptions, will do a disservice to my students, because dealing with behavior issues takes away from instruction time.
15: I will use this type of behavior system in my classroom. | My ideal classroom layout, I love grouped desks.
16: Communication Skills | In this placement, I have learned that you get what you asked for. When giving students directions, you need to be very specific, and demonstrate what you desire of them. When students do what is expected, I have learned that you need to give specific praises directed at their work, this practice will help you encourage your students to continue doing their personal best and take pride in their work. Making your expectations of what you want known from the beginning is very important, this can prevent disruptions while teaching, this is a practice that I have found to be valuable, and I will continue using this in the future classroom.
17: Helping students complete a game of memory. Talking with them about their strategies, and discussing the rules.
18: Instructional Planning Skills | The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals. | The success of lesson being taught effectively depends heavily on the preparation of the materials. Lack of preparation can lead to students not understanding necessary material, or behavior problems because the students are not intrigued or engaged in the lesson. I try and make my materials aesthetically pleasing. I design my materials, and prepare my lessons with the students in my class. I ask myself, will this keep them interested, or not? If for any reason I don't think it will I continue planning until I design a lesson that will be best suited for my students.
19: I prepared this poem before teaching a lesson about myself. I am a twin, and used a chart table to write the poem on, so everyone could see it. This was the example for how they would complete their own poem during independent work time.
20: Assessment of Student Learning | Assessment is key in monitoring the progress of your students and the effectiveness of your teaching. Assessments can be administered in a variety ways, sometimes they students won't even know they are being assessed, I like this type of assessment because the child doesn't feel pressured. It is important to teach what you test, otherwise the results will be invalid. I will monitor my students progress with the consistent use of assessments, based on specific criteria.
21: This wooden divider not only kept this student focused on his assessment, but the privacy allowed him to work without distractions.
22: 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) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally. | Professional Commitment & Responsibility | I believe that the best teachers are the ones who foster a love of learning. This semester, I have learned what it takes to be a reflective practitioner. To think deeply about my lessons as I prepare them, while I am teaching, and after, about what can be improved. I also know that I don't know everything, I can go to others to get ideas, I can attend workshops to learn new strategies and how to implement them. As a teacher, the choices I make effect many people, so I need to always be thoughtful in my actions.
23: This is my box that reminds me to teach for social justice, that I need to do whatever is in my power to make sure my students receive a quality education regardless of their background.
24: Partnerships | The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support student's learning and well being. | I truly value partnerships. During field based learning, I have relied heavily on the support of my professors, and those who are in my cohort. My cohort has been extremely helpful, when it comes to lesson planning, differentiating materials, class assignments, we were always there to help one another. We worked collaboratively on some assignments, and checked up on each other to make sure no one was falling behind. My cooperating teacher was a valuable resource, and many teachers at the school, whenever I needed assistance they were there to help me or vice versa. In the future as a professional educator, I will value the help of others, because two heads are better than one.
25: The senior education majors, who helped me tremendously.