Category: ASFM Self-Assessment

Student Learning Reflection

This post is a reflection on my strategies for student learning (Domain 5) for the American School Foundation of Monterrey Track 1 project. This has been my most difficult reflection to write, and I admit that when I first perused at the reflection questions (on student work data, self and peer assessment, life-long learning skills, and values education) my reaction was that I don’t do those things–there’s no time in a math classroom! However, after a couple days of reflection and a dig through my files for the year, I in fact have used strategies such as self-assessment and modeling life-long learning skills.

Professional Responsibilities Reflection

This post is a reflection on my strategies for communication and professional responsibilities (Domain 6) for the American School Foundation of Monterrey Track 1 project. The reflection questions for the domain of communication and professional responsibilities are varied but can be categorized into three topics: demonstrating professionalism, contributing to the school, and developing as a professional. I believe that I meet the ASFM standards in all three areas.

Assessment Reflection

This post is a reflection on my strategies for assessment (Domain 4) for the American School Foundation of Monterrey Track 1 project. Assessing student learning is at the centre of teaching but is really two distinct activities: summative assessment, or evaluating and reporting student learning at the end of a topic, unit or class; and formative assessment, or continually evaluating student learning and providing feedback to students in order to improve. I will discuss the two separately as I reflect on how I assess students.

Instruction Reflection

This post is a reflection on my strategies for instruction (Domain 3) for the American School Foundation of Monterrey Track 1 project. In the domain of instruction I have found natural strengths and weaknesses in my teaching. I have plenty of experience and skill in presenting and explaining a topic and I regularly model good mathematical practice through examples; on the other hand I could improve my strategies for checking for understanding and creating genuine participation via discussions.

Planning and Preparation Reflection

This post is a reflection on my strategies for planning and preparation (Domain 2) for the American School Foundation of Monterrey Track 1 project. My first year at ASFM has also been my first year taking a whole class from the first day of school to the final exam, and it has been a new and welcome challenge to plan for a whole year of classes. My main planning goal has been to ensure that I stay on track according to the ASFM curriculum documents. […]

Class Environment and Management Reflection

This post is a reflection on my strategies for classroom environment and management (Domain 1) for the American School Foundation of Monterrey Track 1 project. Managing the classroom environment to create a respectful, positive and welcoming place to learn is one of my priorities as a teacher. While some elements of this (e.g. relating positively to students) have come naturally, others (e.g. keeping a Gr 9 class on task for 60 minutes) have been a struggle. […]