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Tips and Pointers for Successful Future Teachers And How to Meet the Needs of All Students


  • 1.Tips and Pointers for Successful Future Teachers And How to Meet the Needs of All Students CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PA Dr. Christine Patti Associate Professor Department of EducationalAdministration and Leadership September, 2009

2. H ave you been paying attention? 3. Blooms Taxonomy

  • In the 1950's Benjamin Bloom developed his taxonomy of cognitive objectives,Bloom's Taxonomy .It is a continuum from Lower Order Thinking Skills (LOTS) to Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS).
  • We all planned our lessons around Blooms Taxonomy
  • Your lesson plans are probably planned around them as well

4. Blooms Revised 2001

  • In the 1990's, a former student of Bloom, Lorin Anderson, revised Bloom's Taxonomy and published this- Bloom's Revised Taxonomy in 2001.
  • Key to this is the use of verbs rather than nouns for each of the categories and a rearrangement of the sequence within the taxonomy. They are also arrangedin increasing order, from low to high.

5. Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Sub Categories

  • Each of the categories or taxonomic elements has a number of key verbs associated with it:
  • Remembering-Recognizing, listing, describing, identifying, retrieving, naming, locating, finding
  • Understanding-Interpreting, Summarizing, inferring, paraphrasing, classifying, comparing, explaining, exemplifying
  • Applying-Implementing, carrying out, using, executing
  • Analyzing-Comparing, organizing, deconstructing, Attributing, outlining, finding, structuring, integrating
  • Evaluating-Checking, hypothesizing, critiquing, Experimenting, judging, testing, Detecting, Monitoring
  • Creating-designing, constructing, planning, producing, inventing, devising, making

6. Bloom's TaxonomyBlooms DigitallyTaken from: 7. 21 stCentury ToolsElements in black are recognized verbs,elements in blue are new digital verbs . 8. Apply and Create

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9. Teachers

  • The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truthAuthor: Dan Rather, Newsman
  • I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
    • Author: Lily Tomlin, Comedian

10. From Day One!

  • Maintain a High QPA
  • Be a Stellar Student in All Classes: Traditional and Online
  • Volunteer and Work in Educational Related Fields
  • Join Professional Organizations in the Field
  • Attend Classes on a Regular Basis

11. From Day One!

  • Work Hard in Class and Ask For Help When You Need It
  • Show that You are Learning by Contributing to the Class
  • Build Respect and Admiration for Who and What You Are
  • Take Risks and Put Yourself Out There

12. 10 Tips for Student Teachers(Kelly 09 and Patti,09)

  • Be On Time
  • Dress Appropriately
  • Be Flexible
  • Follow the School Rules
  • Plan Ahead
  • Get to Know the Staff: Office and Custodial
  • Maintain Confidentiality
  • Dont Gossip
  • Be Professional at All Times
  • Never Confide or Share Personal Information

13. Meeting Student Needs

  • Differentiation Strategies to know, articulate and apply:
    • QuestioningTechniques applying Blooms

14. Meeting Student Needs

    • Developing Tiered Lessons:Focus task on a keyconcept and adjust task by complexity, abstractness, number of steps, concreteness, and independence to ensure challenge and not frustration.
    • Flexible Grouping:Ensure that all students have the opportunity to work with other students who are similar and dissimilar from themselves in terms of academics and interests.
      • These groups are fluid and should change accordingly.


  • The single greatest effect onstudentachievement is not race, it is not poverty it is the effectiveness of the teacher. ~~Harry J. Wong

16. Quality:What I Look For in a Teacher Your Picture Here! 17. Quality Teacher 18. Teacher Resources

  • First Days of School by Harry Wang
  • Handbook for Enhancing Professional Practice: Using the Framework for Teaching in Your School by Charlotte Danielson
  • On PDE Website review forms: PDE 426 and 426A found on the link below

19. First Impressions at an Interview

  • Dress for Success: Business Attire Always
  • Minimal jewelry (no unusual piercings) and make-up
  • Extend your Hand to each Person at the Interview with a Confident Smile
  • Have Fresh Packets of your Information Available with your most Current Resume to Pass Out
  • Bring your Professional Portfolio just in case
  • Breathe and Relax as much as possible
  • Say each Interview Question in your Mind First before Responding

20. First Impressions at an Interview

  • Do NOT Talk about your Short Comings
  • If you Dont Understand a Question ask for Clarification of the Question
  • Answer all Questions Clearly and SuccinctlyDo not Ramble On and On
  • Do Not Ask about Salary with the Interview Team
  • It is Natural to be Nervous at an Interview.Keep Breathing and Stay Strong

21. Interview Questions to Practice

  • Tell us about your educational background and experiences...
  • What are the factors that you consider in designing weekly and daily lesson plans?(National and state standards, school districtcurriculum, student prior knowledge, studentability level, individual student needs)

22. Interview Questions to Practice

  • Describe several methods that you would use to assess student learning.
  • How do you decide which type of assessment is appropriate for various learning objectives?(Curriculum based assessment, Rubrics, student self-assessment, formal and informal)

23. Interview Questions to Practice

  • Describe several instructional strategies that you would useand the educational rationale for their selection.(Cooperative learning, multi-sensory, hands-on, metacognitive strategies, peer tutoring, journals)
  • Describe ways you communicate with and involve parents in your program.

24. Interview Questions to Practice

  • How would you modify instruction or an assignment for a special education student?
  • Which teaching strategies would you use to help a student who is at least 2-3 years behind grade level in Reading become successful in the regular education curriculum/inclusion program?

25. Questions/Comments? 26. Last Words of Advice

  • Once you graduate get on a school district sub list right away.
  • Introduce yourself to the school principal and ask him or her to visit your classroom when you are student teaching or subbing.

27. Last Words of Advice

  • Always go the extra mile and volunteer to do anything and everything for the benefit of the school and students.
  • Go to school with a positive attitude and a smile. Never complain or share negative thoughts.

28. Last Words of Advice

  • Never and I mean never share your personal life, your school life or your life as a fun loving individual with school personnel. If you have any pictures that will incriminate you on the Internetremove them when you leave here today. They will haunt you in the future.
  • If you are ever tempted to do anything that is illegal or against the law know that if you get caught your teaching career will be over.It might be fun now but it is not worth it in the end.

29. Good Luck!

  • If you have any questions or need my help feel free to contact me.[email_address]
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  • When you do graduate think about getting your Masters in Education and Principals Certification totally on-line through my department :
  • Department of Educational Administration and Leadership.
  • Thank You for Coming Today!

30. Bibliography

  • Church, Andrew:Blooms Taxonomy, Blooms Digitally,20 08
  • Kelly, Melissa :About Secondary Education,2009
  • Patti, Christine, 2009
  • Tomlinson, C.A. (1999).How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed-Ability Classrooms.Alexandria, VA:ASCD.