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Individual Professional Growth Plan 2017-2018

Name: Ms. Lucia Sherban

GOAL NUMBER ONE: To improve student engagement and subsequent student

understanding of specific learner outcomes in Math 20-2 by the end of the
semester by implementing visible thinking routines.

Relevant Teacher Quality Standard KSAs: (SEE ATTACHED BELOW)

Teachers demonstrate that there are many approaches to teaching and learning. (i)

Strategies: Describe how you plan to work toward this goal

1. I will work to include one visible thinking routine in my upcoming unit, and gradually
incorporate more than one visible thinking routine in my later units.
2. I will seek out resources and advice from other teaching staff and learning coaches who
have more experience using visible thinking routines. This will introduce me to certain
visible thinking routines that I may not be aware of, and it will allow me to execute the
activities to the best of my ability.

Measure(s): How will you know if you have made progress toward/achieved this goal?

1. I will measure student understanding by analyzing their summative grades as the

semester goes on. If the marks correlate positively with the amount of visible
thinking routines being done in class, then I will see that the visible thinking
routines have been effective in helping students attain a deeper understanding of
content material.
2. I will record anecdotal notes of students engagement throughout the semester.
This will occur during visible thinking routine activities and other class activities. I
will compare the two notes at the end of the semester and analyze whether or not
students were more engaged during the visible thinking routines than they are
during other activities.

Resources: What resources do you plan to use to assist in the achievement of this goal?

Access to PD resources, continuation of collaboration with other teaching professionals, visible

thinking routine websites (i.e. Tap Into Teen Minds), and any other resources not identified at
this time.

The following guide for conversation may prove valuable as you generate thoughts to create your growth plan
for this year.

1. How would you describe your progress toward achieving your goal(s) this year.
2. How has this plan contributed to enhancing your daily work with students and/or in the school
3. Share at least 2 successful strategies you have adopted in your practice that directly relate to our AISI
4. What changes have you made (or are you making) to your approach to teaching/supporting (working
with children) as a result of this Growth Plan.
5. As a member of this Professional Learning Community, how have you contributed to the adult learning
of someone else thus far? Please describe 2 opportunities you have had to share leadership.


1. How has my professional practice changed?

2. How has student learning improved?

Teacher Quality Standard Descriptors of Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes
Teachers who hold an Interim Descriptors of Knowledge, Skills and
Professional Certificate are expected to Attributes Related to Permanent
demonstrate consistently that they Certification
a) contextual variables affect teaching and a) Teachers application of pedagogical knowledge,
learning. skills and attributes is based in their ongoing
b) the structure of the Alberta education system. analysis of contextual variables.
c) the purposes of the Guide to Education and
b) Teachers understand the legislated, moral and
programs of study germane to the
ethical frameworks within which they work.
specialization or subject disciplines they are
prepared to teach. c) Teachers understand the subject disciplines
d) the subject disciplines they teach. they teach.
e) all students can learn, albeit at different rates
d) Teachers know there are many approaches to
and in different ways.
teaching and learning.
f) the purposes of short, medium and long term
range planning. e) Teachers engage in a range of planning
g) students needs for physical, social, cultural activities.
and psychological security.
h) the importance of respecting students human f) Teachers create and maintain environments that
dignity. are conducive to student learning.
i) there are many approaches to teaching and g) Teachers translate curriculum content and
learning. objectives into meaningful learning activities.
j) the functions of traditional and electronic
teaching/learning technologies. h) Teachers apply a variety of technologies to meet
k) the purposes of student assessment. students learning needs.
l) the importance of engaging parents, i) Teachers gather and use information about
purposefully and meaningfully, in all aspects of students learning needs and progress.
teaching and learning.
m) student learning is enhanced through the use j) Teachers establish and maintain partnerships
of home and community resources. among school, home and community, and within
n) the importance of contributing, independently their own schools.
and collegially, to the quality of their school. k) Teachers are career-long learners.
o) the importance of career-long learning.
p) the importance of guiding their actions with a
personal, overall vision of the purpose of
q) they are expected to achieve the Teaching
Quality Standard.