Commitment and Care Reflection
The Medgar Evers College Standard under Commitment and Care is the last of eight standards. The department under this standard as it relates to potential teacher candidates states that these individuals practice social justice with others. It is believed that all children can learn, hold high expectations for themselves, and carry out sustained commitment to teaching and learning. The department’s expectation is relevant, being that as a prospective teacher, it is important for me to develop a deeper understanding of myself in order to interact with the array of nationalities and cultures that I will encounter daily in the classroom. I am aware that each child is different, and I have to ensure that lessons planned will meet the need of each child. Provisions must be made especially for students with special needs, so they can excel in the teaching and learning processes.
As evidence, I am submitting a Culturally Responsive Lesson Plan. I completed this lesson plan in Education 102 (Introduction to the World of the Learner) in fall 2010. This was an individual assignment, which required me to write a lesson plan that focused on children’s cultures. My evidence speaks to standard five (5) where candidates interact in a just and fair manner respecting and valuing the diversity of students and their families including validating their particular talents and abilities.
The assignment requires that I write a culturally responsive lesson plan. Its purpose is for children to become aware and practice social justice and also to respect, educate, and express themselves freely as individuals. Implementation of such a plan would make it easier for future lessons where students would contribute and be committed to teaching and learning new topics. I have learned a great deal from this assignment, and I think that the best way for children to learn is for them to hold high expectations for themselves and others. This is the only way to have a positive attitude towards commitment and care.