Dr. Amy Roberts
To complete the capstone requirements, I utilized the edTPA. Aspiring teachers must prepare a portfolio of materials during their student teaching clinical experience. edTPA requires aspiring teachers to demonstrate readiness to teach through lesson plans designed to support their students’ strengths and needs, engage real students in ambitious learning, analyze whether their students are learning, and adjust their instruction to become more effective. (http://aacte.org/faq). This project incorporated lessons, assessments, reflections, and feedback to assist Residency students in their reflection process during their final semester of schooling while in the classroom.
Along with the edTPA assessment project required reflections, I also reflected upon the whole child and how we as educators may completely educate, and understand those we are teaching. In order to teach the whole child we must know the child and their entire background including who is in their lives and who is absent or lacking. We as educators will not be able to thoroughly teach the child without knowing what they have endured. The way to achieve these goals is to know your students, build a relationship with them, and take the time to understand what works for them. Do they need calming and reassurance or is it the consistency of a schedule. To build this relationship you must also know and incorporate the assistance and support of their families and those close to them. The way to teach the whole child is to find out what they need to succeed.
FAQs. (n.d.). Retrieved May 1, 2016, from http://aacte.org/faq
Jording, Linda A., "Teaching is More Than Reflecting on Your Teaching: Teaching the Whole Child" (2016). Honors Theses AY 15/16. 91.