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              Jennifer L. Ceville
                 ED502-EC01
                Dr. Sandra Breece
                Kaplan University
                December 07, 2005
Transforming Teaching Practice
         Laura Bush remarks in her speech, Preparing Tomorrow’s Teachers
(Bush, 2002), “Because I worked as a public school elementary teacher, I
know that we can set high standards -- we can insist on strong curricula --
but what also matters is who is teaching our children.” She further
elaborates on President Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act and how it will
affect teachers and what they need for our children by stating, “We heard
from education experts who said that over the next decade, American
schools will need more than two million new teachers” (Bush).

The intent of this reflective journal is to illustrate how
Kaplan University, especially, this course seeks to do
what Mrs. Bush spoke about in her speech. I feel I am
getting that “thorough and up-to-date knowledge of
teaching skills and subject content. I have learned
through this course the “ability to assess student needs
and use the most effective instructional methods and
materials so that students make the greatest academic
gains (Bush, 2002).”                                                     2
1. Improvement in Teaching Practice
•    Using course theory and independent research, describe how your
     teaching practice has been improved. The artifact of your choice
     should show a direct relationship between practice and outcome. It
     should demonstrate your deep understanding of concepts/strategies
     and your improved knowledge, skills, behaviors.
    – The Artifact:
       • What All Teachers Must Know and Be Able To Do




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Improvement in Teaching Practice

  –       The Artifact:
      •     What All Teachers Must Know and Be Able To Do
                                                All Teachers Should Know   1




                      What All Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do.

                            A List of Good Teaching Everywhere

                                   Jennifer Lynn Ceville




                                         ED522-EC03

                                     Kaplan University


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Improvement in Teaching Practice
          In my document, “What All Teachers Should
Know and Be Able to Do. A List of Good Teaching
Everywhere” (Ceville, 2005), I am able to show how my
list progress as my learning progressed. This working
document began with only a few items in the list. After
being a part of Dr. Breece’s lively seminars and thought
provoking discussion boards, I was able to expound upon
my list. I have found that my practice as a teacher has
indeed undergone a transformation. Initially, I thought I
was a pretty good teacher, if fact throughout my career,
I’ve been nominated several times as “Teacher of the
Year”. After creating this list, I see that I must also move
out of the scope of my work area, that I should try to
become Nationally Certified and make sure that I am as
highly qualified as I can be.
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2. Mastery of Program Competencies

•       The artifact of your choice should match one or
        more of the five program competencies.
        Thoroughly describe how the artifact displays your
        mastery in the specific program competencies.
    –     The Artifact:
         • Case Study of Good Teaching: My
            Success with Introduction to Keyboarding
            Lesson: The Home Row Keys




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Improvement in Teaching Practice

  –       The Artifact:
      •     Case Study of Good Teaching: My Success with
            Introduction to Keyboarding Lesson: The Home
            Row Keys                                                     Case Study of Good Teaching 1

                        Running head: CASE STUDY OF GOOD TEACHING




                                               Case Study of Good Teaching:

                          My Success with Introduction to Keyboarding Lesson: The Home Row Keys



                                                    Jennifer L. Ceville

                                                  ED502-EC01--Dr. Breece

                                                   Unit 9—Final Project



                                                     December 01, 2005



                                                     Kaplan University




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2. Mastery of Program Competencies
          In this case study analysis (Ceville, 2005, December 1), I
  was able to demonstrate my improvement of my teaching
  practices. To be perfectly honest, I felt my prior knowledge
  before this course was pretty high, on my initial assessment in
  my Student Portfolio: Outcome View (Ceville, 2005), I scored
  myself as practiced.
        I have a long way to go before “proficient”
level, but I believe with the coursework and theory
learned from Transforming Teaching Practice has
improved my teaching skills. Specifically, I believe
as my analysis of Introduction to Keyboarding:
The Home Row Keys lesson plan (Ceville, 2005,
December 1) shows I have met the course
competencies as described in our syllabus.
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3. Impact on Student Learning
•    Reflect on how your K-12 student learners clearly exhibit
     vast improvement in critical thinking skills, subject matter
     and/or behavior. Describe how the artifact documents
     evidence of specific classroom tools used to show a positive
     impact on student learning in the short-term or long-term.
     The artifact proves a direct relationship between practice
     and impact.
    – The Artifact:
       •    Disney Teacher Award News Clip




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3. Impact on Student Learning
 –       The Artifact:
     •     Disney Teacher Award News Clip




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3. Impact on Student Learning
       The work I did in this course helped me build my
knowledge of professional responsibilities and
relationships (Program Goal). I thought systematically
about my practice and learned from experience
(Program Competency # 4). More specifically, I was
able to:
  – Explain the reflective decision-making
    process and how reflective decision
    making leads to greater understanding
    of teaching and learning (Knowledge
    Indicator 4K1).


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3. Impact on Student Learning
       It is apparent from this nomination that I have
reached a parent or child. It is an honor to receive this
nomination and I believe it was through my coursework
which taught me how to reflect on my lessons,
understand the importance of my students’ diversity and
provide creative and motivating lessons that catered to
their needs individually based on my reflections.




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3. Impact on Student Learning
         The 2006 Disney Teacher Award Nomination (Wick,
2005) is further explained in the following .PDF file:




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                                  References
Bush, L. (2002, March 14). Remarks by Mrs. Laura Bush House Education and Workforce
   Committee preparing tomorrow's teachers. Retrieved December 5, 2005, from
   edworkforce.house.gov Web Site:
   http://edworkforce.house.gov/issues/107th/education/nclb/flotus31402.htm
Ceville, J. L. (2005). Student portfolio: Outcome view. Retrieved December 6, 2005, from
   Kaplan University Web Site:
   http://www.kaplan.edu/MyDesk2/DegreePlan/Portfolio/default.aspx?GUID=0815365D
   4F4F4FDDB234FD9763B18AC9234151617675077270
Ceville, J. L. (2005, December 1). Case study of good teaching: My success with introduction to
   keyboarding lesson: the home row keys. Retrieved November 5, 2005, from
   Ceville4LIFE.com Web Site:
   http://ceville4life.com/Final_Project_Case_Study_Of_Good_Teaching.doc
Ceville, J. L. (2005, October 22). What all teachers should be able to know
   and be able to do. A list of good teaching everywhere. Retrieved
   December 6, 2005, from Ceville4LIFE.com Web Site:
   http://ceville4life.com/What_All_Teachers_Should_Know_and_Be_
   Able_to_Do.doc
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