Standard 4



Proficiency of Professional Standards of Michigan Teachers




Effective Learning Environments-

Management and monitoring of time, relationships, students, and classrooms to enhance learning.






Sub-Standards of Standard 4

Explanation of when/where/how I met the appropriate level of mastery

a. Engage students in meaningful learning experiences while maximizing the use of instructional time.

This was addressed in Education 372 when we discussed incorporating literacy into other subjects to thematically maximize classtime.

b. Structure the classroom environment to promote positive peer interactions and positive self-esteem, to ensure that each student is a valued participant in an inclusive learning community.

During my student teaching, my class began each day in a circle where we greeted our neighbors with a hello (of different languages), a high-five or a handshake.

c. Construct a learning environment and grading process where both teacher and students have high expectations and mutually understand what is expected of each other to foster optimal achievement of all students.

Please see the attached documents for further explanation. 


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d. Design and implement a classroom management plan that utilizes respectful disciplinary techniques to ensure and orderly learning environment which is conductive to learning and takes into account diverse needs of individual students.

I have given a lot of thought to different types of classroom management through research of Wong and Wong’s How to be an Effective Teacher.

e. Understand and uphold the legal and ethical responsibilities of teaching (e.g., federal and state laws and SBE policies pertaining to positive and effective learning environments, appropriate behavioral interventions, student retention, truancy, child abuse, safety, first aid, health, and communicable disease).

This was addressed through various guest speakers in Education courses through my three years in the program.

f. Use a variety of teaching methodologies and techniques (e.g., lectures, demonstrations, group discussions, cooperative learning, small-group activities, and technology enhanced lessons) and objectively assess the effectiveness of various instructional approaches and teacher actions for impact on student learning.


Through my student teaching I found it essential to constantly change and alternate my teaching techniques and methodologies to reach all students. I also changed my assessments according to the type of lesson so that they appropriated assessed the lesson.

g. Establish a learning environment which invites/welcomes collaborative teaching practices.

Please see the attached documents for further explanation.



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h. Differentiate between assessment and evaluations procedures and use appropriately.

In Education 201 we read Educative Assessment by Grant Wiggins which discusses such differences and I have practiced this during my field placements and student teaching.




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