by Zesarae Bodie

Zesarae Bodie's Teaching Portfolio

8: Knowledge of Subject Matter

Knowledge of Subject Matter Reflection #1

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Name:  FTCE SCORE

Course: College Career

Professor: Florida A&M University

Semester completed: Fall 2005

Reflection:

In October 2004, I took the Subject Matter section of the Florida Teacher Compentency Exam and passed. Though my major was Biology, I took the Middle Grade General Science test as I have plans to teach at the Middle Grade Level.  I found this test to be somewhat challenging as it encompassed the subjects of Earth and Space Science, Physics, Chemistry and Life Science. Though the life science section was easy, I had not seen Earth-Space Science for over 8 years. However, I must commend my teacher as I obviously had retained alot of the material.  I think that the passing of this test as alot of my peers did not suggests that I do have the knowledge of science and the ability to relay this knowledge to my students.

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Knowledge of Subject Matter Reflection #2

Name: Evaluation #1

Course: Student Teaching

Professor: Dr. J. Adams

Semester completed: Spring 2005

Reflection: 

On February 2, 2005, I received my first evaluation as a student teacher.  This day was also the day that I taught my own lesson for the first time, hence I was a bit skeptical about how well it would go.  However, as the day went on i began to relax a bit.  As a Biology major, Physics and Chemistry are not my strong points. Hence, having teach an 8th grade Advanced Physical Science class was a stretch for me. However, because I had taken the two aforementioned courses as a part of major the topics that I taught were not totally foreign to me.  When I recieved my evalution I was pleased with the results. I feel that receiving a favorable grade for this section and having effective marks in all of the sub-categories shows that I do in fact know what I am talking about.

Knowledge of Subject Matter Reflection #3

Name:  Unofficial Transcript

Course: Student Teaching

Professor: Dr. J. Adams

Semester completed: Spring 2005

Reflection: 

Attached is a link to a copy of my unofficial transcript. As a graduating certifiable teacher, I must be able to prove that I am ready and have learnt all I need to enter the realm of teaching.  I feel that a good indicator that I am fluent in my subject matter as well as in the intricacies of teaching is by looking at my transcript.

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Knowledge of Subject Matter Reflection #4

 

Name:  Projects, Presentations and More

Course:  Student Teaching

Professor: Dr. J. Adams

Semester completed: Spring 2005

Reflection: 

In order to be an efffective teacher and to be able to use a variety of teaching means, one must first have a firm grasp of the subject matter. Once the foundation is firm then you can find creative and innovative ways of conveying the information to others. While teaching at Fairview Middle School I incorporated various means of assisting students with acquiring knowledge of the subject matter. One of these, the pictured Adopt-An-Element Project involved the students ability to research and present to the class information on an assigned element. Students were graded on creativity, presentation skills etc. Also attached are pictures of other projects and a PowerPoint game I used to reinforce taught concepts. Whenever projects were done, I placed them on the walls of the school, where students and faculty alike could pass by and gather information on various topics, it also gave my students a sense of pride about their work.

Adopt-An-Element Advertising Project

Adopt-An-Element Advertising Project

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Knowledge of Subject Matter Reflection #5

Name:  Genetics Lab Experiment

Course: Principles of Genetics

Professor: Dr. M. A. Thornton

Semester completed: Fall 2004

Reflection:  

As an undergraduate student, my favorite subject was Genetics. I thoroughly enjoyed this class and consequently received an A in the class. One of the projects our class performed was the famous Drosophila test cross. In this lab students are given two strains of fruit flies with various mutations and crosses are made to determine which traits are dominant and which ones are recessive. This lab took about 6 weeks to complete and was very extensive. However, it was fun to have real-life application to textbook material and I hope that as a teacher I am able to incorporate lab work regularly into my plans. Attached is the report that I completed at the end of the lab. Because this is my personal copy, it does not have a grade attached to it, but I received an A for my work.

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Florida Preprofessional Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP)

FEAP.8
ACCOMPLISHED PRACTICE #8: Knowledge of Subject Matter
FEAP.8.1
EXPECTATION: The preprofessional teacher has a basic understanding of the subject field and is beginning to understand that the subject is linked to other disciplines and can be applied to real-world integrated settings. The teacher's repertoire of teaching skills includes a variety of means to assist student acquisition of new knowledge and skills using that knowledge.
FEAP.8.2
STANDARD: Knowledge of Subject Matter -- Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the subject matter.

Professional Education Unit Conceptual Framework Standards (FAMU-CF)

FL-FAMU.1
Multiculturalism - The exemplary professional understands diverse student backgrounds and has the skills, and disposition to employ this understanding to support student learning. He/she accepts and fosters diversity. The candidate practices strategies such as acceptance, tolerance, resolution and mediation, and establishes a comfortable environment in which all students can learn.
FL-FAMU.2
Educational Technology - The exemplary professional makes use of available technology to support student learning and uses technology to manage, evaluate and improve instruction. The candidate knows, understands, and uses fundamental concepts in technology and facilitates access to the use of electronic resources for students. The candidate uses technology to manage, evaluate and improve instruction.
FL-FAMU.3
Values - The exemplary professional values the worth and dignity of every person. He/she works with colleagues in a professional manner and interacts with students, families and other stakeholders in a manner that reflects ethical and moral standards. The candidate shows respect for varied talents and perspectives and is committed to individual excellence. The candidate values the role of the students in promoting each other's learning and recognizes the importance of peer relationships in establishing a climate for learning.
FL-FAMU.4
Problem Solving - The exemplary professional understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking and performance. The candidate values critical thinking and self-directed learning as habits of mind.
FL-FAMU.5
Professionalism - Exemplary professionals know the content and uses appropriate pedagogy to provide all students with the opportunity to learn. The exemplary professional is committed to professional growth and development. The candidate uses major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children to construct learning opportunities that support students' development and acquisition of knowledge and motivation.
FL-FAMU.6
Urban/Rural Education - The exemplary professional is prepared to work in school settings with limited resources as well as settings that focus on rural/urban contexts with opportunities and challenges that these environments provide.