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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.

Review presentations to wrap up the year

Throughout the semester, I have had my students create review presentations for each unit. They present just before the unit test as a formative presentation, then again at the end of the unit as...