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Professional Development Plan

Complete the chart below to plan your professional development over the next 2-3 years. Be sure your goals are specific and
measurable.

Goal #1: Become more Goal #2: Be more focused on Goal #3: Research and
technologically savvy in the self-reflection for self- Implement different levels of
classroom. improvement. differentiation for high on and
high AC level students.
Rationale: Why did This goal was chosen because I want I chose this goal because I don’t feel This goal seemed important because I
you choose this goal? to be able to incorporate higher level like I currently take enough quality feel most differentiation is geared at
How do you expect it technology in my class. I know how time to self-reflect on my lessons. the lower on level and special
to improve the to use the doc cam and project on the Since I am taking classes, working on education students and that the higher
outcomes of your Smart Board, and I know how to EdTPA, student teaching with a and AC level students get overlooked
project videos on the Smart Board, mentor teacher and teaching two and aren’t as challenged as they
future students? but I don’t know how to use its other classes on my own, I am pushed for should and could be. Being able to
features to engage students better. time and just don’t have enough to differentiate better for these students
Learning the features and becoming really focus on reflection like I would will enrich their learning experience
comfortable using them would enable like to. I want to be able to schedule and help them reach their full
me to create more interactive lessons time each day to journal a reflection potential better. I also feel it will
where I could involve the students and then spend time each week motivate them and keep them from
more and give them a chance to use reviewing the daily journal entries to getting bored in the classroom.
the board during instruction too. I make a weekly reflection that can Most of the differentiation I am
know there are programs where the help me plan for the next week and familiar with is for lower learners, so
students can use their own devices or drive my instruction to be better. I I am interested to learn more about
iPads to interact with me through the think more effective self-reflecting meeting the needs of higher-level
board and I just think this would can lead to being a better teacher who learners. I want to become more
make learning more fun and can make lessons more meaningful to familiar with using Blooms
motivating for my students. The more the students and help them be more Taxonomy and the higher DOK levels
engaged students are the higher engaged and motivated to learn. to challenge these students on the
success rate they have in the class. right level to enhance their learning.
End Date: By when I plan to take an online class this I have already started trying to write I will start working towards
do you expect to summer that is offered through the daily entries on a calendar and read accomplishing this goal over this
accomplish this goal? Cobb County teaching website. I have through them on Sunday night before summer, once I am finished with my
also talked to our local tech starting the next week. My certification. Then I will continue to

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representative (Janelle) about commitment is to start off the new research information on all types of
scheduling some time to work one on school year with a nice journal I can differentiation as my first-year
one before the school year ends, so I make my entries in each night and progresses. At the end of year one, I
can take some notes and have time to then schedule a specific time each will enroll in the gifted endorsement
practice before next year begins. Saturday night to read through my program and plan to have it
Janelle told me some other approved journal and start thinking about what completed by the beginning of my
sites to visit to watch some I would like to do the next week third year.
technology tutorials and told me some based on my reflections. This will
teachers to talk to in the school who give me time to think about it all
are experts and use it daily in their before I review and revise my weekly
rooms. plans on Sunday for the upcoming
I plan to be proficient and week. I also plan to make weekly
comfortable using a Smart Board in journal entries that I can review at the
more interactive ways for instruction end of each unit to help me be more
by the time school starts in August. successful as I start the next one.
My goal will be accomplished as the
year progresses by faithfully sticking
to my schedule. Once I get in the
habit, I feel it will just come
naturally. I plan for reflection through
journaling to be second nature at least
by Christmas break.
Action Timeline: I have already spoken with Janelle, I plan to continue making my daily I plan to purchase and read the book,
What steps will you the school’s tech support notes for now in my calendar and Advancing Differentiation: Thinking
take to complete this representative. She is going to work keep making mental reflections on and Learning for the 21st Century by
goal, and by when with me starting April 17th, each Sunday. Then I plan to start looking Richard M. Cash when school is out
will you take them? Wednesday afternoon from 3:05 to for a journal I would like to use, so I in May. The Cobb County School
4:15 until school is out, to help me can have it ready to go before the next system has a gifted learning portal
Example: get more familiar with some of the school year starts. I want to start that teachers can use for research,
1/31/18: Join AACTE technology we have available in the using it during pre-planning to get my advice, and resources for teaching the
classrooms. Summer PLU classes will thoughts laid out and keep me gifted population that I plan to utilize.
be posted in early May where I can grounded. Then I will use it daily and Several of the gifted teachers for the
sign up for an advanced Smart Board weekly to meet my goals. I really feel county also have blogs where they
class as well as several others that this will help me stay more organized offer advice and answer questions
Janelle said I should take over the and make me more confident in my that I plan to subscribe to. I also plan
summer. All of these classes are plans and classroom decision-making to get gifted endorsed, however the
online. I have already started going and by next Christmas I want to be Cobb County School System doesn’t
and observing classes where teachers able to sit down over the break and allow first year teachers to enroll in
use technology and talking to them evaluate how helpful it has been to the course. The class begins in the

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about what they feel works best for me. I have another teacher who has summer and lasts through the school
them. Ms. Colclasure, our 8th grade agreed to start journaling also, so we year and finishes the following
math teacher uses technology in a can hold each other accountable and summer. I plan to enroll in the class
variety of ways, and she is going to see how much it really helps us. next summer, so I can get endorsed
let me come in her first period class during my second year of teaching. I
over the next two weeks and not only know it will make me a better teacher.
observe but help her instruct using When I get my first classroom, I will
technology. She has some special post Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s
boards all around her room that I am DOK levels on a wall near my desk
not familiar with and also uses a when I decorate my room, as a
tablet to interact with her Smart reminder as I teach and plan
Board and all the student boards. instruction.
By the time I am ready to start I plan to be fully Gifted endorsed by
teaching in the fall, I plan to be able the beginning of my third year of
to confidently implement the use of teaching.
technology in my classroom in a
variety of engaging ways.
Resources: What I have a Cobb County tech support There are many journals I can choose There are numerous books such as
resources are representative at our school two and a from. I just have to review several to Advancing Differentiation: Thinking
available to assist you half days a week I can work with. see which one I think will work best and Learning for the 21st Century by
in accomplishing your Cobb County has a tech support for me. Richard M. Cash, The Differentiated
newsletter and website where teachers My friend Meredith, who is a veteran Classroom: Responding to the Needs
goal?
can go and get help and ideas. The teacher, is going to journal with me as of All Learners by Carol Ann
county offers constant in person and a support system, and we have Tomlinson, and Differentiation for
online courses in technology for all another teacher friend who has been Gifted Learners: Going Beyond the
employees that I have access to. I also journaling for several years, and she Basics by Diane Heacox and Richard
have access to several teachers who is going to share her system with us M. Cash that I plan to read this
are very tech savvy and are willing to to see if we like it. I feel she will be a summer. I plan to use the Cobb
work with me to help me reach my good mentor for us. County Gifted Learning Portal as
goal. There are several blogs and articles I often as I need for extra guidance and
have already found to read on self- support and take advantage of the
reflection for teachers, so I plan to Cobb County gifted teacher blogs.
continue reading them and search for I also plan to refer to Bloom’s
more that might be helpful. Taxonomy and Webb’s DOK levels
I feel this is also a good goal to pray to guide my instruction.
about and ask God for guidance and
support in accomplishing.

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