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Dear Prospective Student,

I am writing you this letter to share with you my reflection on my journey at


Alverno in the LTM program, and describe how the Wisconsin Standards for
Teachers and the Alverno Education Department Outcomes of the Major (Education
Abilities) have become a part of my teaching practices. Each and every single class I
took in this program helped in shaping and improving my teaching abilities and
performance; that is due not only to the rich content, materials, and activities we
enjoyed in these classes, but also to the level of expertise, care, and professionalism
we experienced from our teachers. I am also obliged to mention that I learned a
great deal of knowledge and practices from my classmates, who happened to have
come from different backgrounds including education, and that is another factor
that helped strengthening my abilities.
Becoming a teacher is a decision that will have its impact on you on many
levels whether personally, socially, or culturally. Unlike other professions, teachers
have to undergo an ongoing process of learning and development in order to
become successful and stay knowledgeable and well educated. The LTM program at
Alverno offers an array of classes that target different capacities intended to fulfil
the Wisconsin Teacher Standards for Licensure and Development, and once the
student has completed all the classes, she should experience a growth in those
capacities. On the other hand, the classes environment and procedures along with
the teachers philosophies and practices have played an elemental role in shaping

and fortifying my skills in regard to the Alverno Education Department Outcomes of


the Major (Education Abilities).
At the beginning of this program, I remember having to complete an
assignment in which I had to incorporate the Wisconsin Standards for Teachers and
the Alverno Education Department Outcomes of the Major, and as I was working on
the assignment, I did not fully comprehend the necessity nor the purpose of these
standards and outcomes. However, as time passed and as I progressed through the
program, these concepts began to become clearer and more meaningful. Moreover,
by the end of the licensure classes, not only did I understand these concepts better,
but they have become the backbone of my practice.
I now understand better that a teacher cannot become successful if he or she
did not possess the right baggage of knowledge necessary to stand and deliver. I
eventually conformed to the concept of knowing how your children grow before
teaching them, for it is essential to match the difficulty of the assignments to the
cognitive and intellectual level of students. I have become more familiar with the
multiple intelligences theory that states that people learn differently through
multiple modalities and capacities. It has also become obvious to me that a teacher
could possess all the knowledge of the world, but if they did not know how to pass it
along, then they are just as good as the least knowledgeable teacher. I have learned
an array of strategies whether from Skinners operant behavior theory, or simply
from my teachers and classmates, that will allow me to master my class
management skills. I have discovered how to identify, apply, and articulate various

modes of communication (reading/ writing, listening/speaking, and


viewing/representing), and incorporate them in my daily learning activities.
I have become more proficient at diversifying and enriching my learning activities, in
order to reach out for all kinds of learners. I learned how to differentiate between
testing and assessing, and I have developed various strategies to diagnose, preassess, and assess for students understanding and progress. I have learned how to
self-assess and evaluate myself before I evaluate others. Finally, I learned that a
teacher by herself could not make a change in students lives without the interaction
and intervention of other teachers, administrators, family members, and the
community in general.
On the other hand, the environment at Alverno College has taught me how to
understand better and apply effectively the Alverno Education Department
Outcomes of the Major. I have learned from the LTM 611 class how to use,
implement, and articulate different socio-psychological and educational theories
and frameworks from multiple theorists such as Gardner, Skinner, Piaget, and
Bloom. Diagnosis is another area that has improved substantially; especially through
the concepts we learned in the assessment methods class LTM 632 and the content
area methods class LTM 622. We learned multiple ways to diagnose students prior
knowledge before teaching a new concept. We also learned through other classes
how to look for indicators and signs that inform us about students abilities and
needs. Coordination is one skill I learned from Alverno College specifically more
than any other college. I have acquired a plethora of resources, materials, and ideas
from my teachers and peers, and I have managed to organize and use them

effectively. Finally, I have ultimately felt a great and deep growth in the integrative
interaction ability, which is the most important ability. I learned to adapt to different
circumstances related to environment, individuals, culture etc. I have come to
recognize that students learn differently, and respond commensurately to their
teachers and materials. I realized that it is mandatory to select the right materials
and activities for their students. I understood that a successful teacher is the one
that faces difficulties and turns them into opportunities.