NETS-T Standard 5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership
Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources. Teachers:
a. participate in local and global learning communities to explore creative applications of technology to improve student learning. b. exhibit leadership by demonstrating a vision of technology infusion, participating in shared decision making and community building, and developing the leadership and technology skills of others. c. evaluate and reflect on current research and professional practice on a regular basis to make effective use of existing and emerging digital tools and resources in support of student learning. d. contribute to the effectiveness, vitality, and self-renewal of the teaching profession and of their school and community.
Summary: This standard is directed towards helping teachers improve their teaching practices and becoming digital age models of lifelong learning for their students. Teachers are encouraged to improve student learning through the use of local and global communities through technology. Teachers should promote cooperative learning, community building, and proper technology skills. They should evaluate and reflect on current technological practices and research on a regular basis to support student learning and success. They should continue to grow and enhance the teaching experience through their school and community.
Strengths: My strengths in this area are through computer skills with my kindergarten class. I have taught my students the proper computer center procedures and taught them to access pbskids.org to learn about local and global issues. I also take my students to the computer lab at least once a week to give them the experience of being on a computer.
Weaknesses: My weakness in this area is how to enhance this for my students who know very little about and have little experience with computers. As a teacher, I need to do more evaluate and reflecting of current research and professional practices so that I am up to date with emerging digital tools and resources that would be beneficial to my students.