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Self-Assessment of NBPTS

Directions: For each element, rate yourself in one of the following three categories. Then provide examples of your experiences in the
area of the NBPTS. Finally, identify areas within each domain where you are interested in growing. On the last page, summarize your
strengths and areas of possible growth. Boxes will expand as needed.
 Exploring/Emerging (E/E) - a level of practice in which the teacher relies on ongoing assistance from more experienced colleagues for
support, guidance, and survival. The teacher is moving toward becoming more self-directed and independent in her/his practice.
 Applying (A) - a level of practice in which the teacher is able to provide independent instruction and easily applies what s/he has
learned about educational practice.
 Integrating/Innovating (I/I) - a level of development in which the teacher is fully skilled and confident. The Integrating/Innovating
teacher is contributing to the broader educational community through staff development, research, or publication in professional

Proposition 1: Teachers are committed to students and their learning. E/E A I/I
1. Teachers Recognize Individual Differences in Their Students and Adjust Their Practice Accordingly
2. Teachers Understand How Students Develop and Learn
3. Teachers Treat Students Equitably
4. Teachers Know Their Mission Transcends the Cognitive Development of Their Students
Three Examples of Proposition 1 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
 Proposition 1 part 1: I recognize all of my students
learn differently. Luckily, with STAR data and other
assessment data, I can determine how my students
best learn an accommodate accordingly.
 Proposition 1 part 3: As a teacher, it is my main
goal to make sure students feel fairly treated, so I
treat all of my students in an equal manner. I still want to coninue to research how students develop and
learn. Through research, I hope to create lessons that are in
Furthermore, I make sure to cater my lessons to
response to how students develop and learn. Even though I
the individual needs of my students. do recognize individual differences in my students and adjust
 Proposition 1 part 4: Overall, my job as an educator my practice accordingly, I always feel there is more to learn
transcends the cognitive development of my in this regard and how to better incorporate these practices
students. I am responsible for their spiritual, into my everyday.
physical, and mental well-being. Just the other day, I
had a student who had been crying as a result of
struggles with friendship. I took the time to talk to
her, and I received a thank you email from her
mother that said, "Teaching is not just about

Proposition 2: Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to
5. Teachers Appreciate How Knowledge in Their Subjects is Created, Organized, and Linked to Other
6. Teachers Command Specialized Knowledge of How to Convey a Subject to Students
7. Teachers Generate Multiple Paths to Knowledge
Three Examples of Proposition 2 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
 Proposition 2 part 5: At my school, we practice the
classical approach to learning. Through this
practice, we determine how our own subject Overall, the main areas I would want to grow in is linking my
matters can cross multiple disciplines. This allows material to other materials and generating multiple paths to
knowledge. Mostly, I tie my ELA into history because it seems
students to see how all aspects of education have
to be one of the easiest ways to tie in. I would love to do
some sort of connection.
more in this regard. Also, even though I do give my students
 Proposition 2 part 6: Prior to becoming an ELA options in gaining knowledge, I still feel I can do more.
teacher, I major in Creative Writing and
Comparative World Literature. This background in
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the subject matter allows me to better serve my
students. I have a passion for the written word,
and I can share this with my students.
 Proposition 2 part 7: As a teacher, I give my students
the opportunity to come to knowledge in various
ways. For example, I let my students use different
modalities whether it be artistically speaking or
verbally. I choose to play into their strengths.

Proposition 3: Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning. E/E A I/I
1. Teachers Call on Multiple Methods to Meet Their Instructional Goals
2. Teachers Support Student Learning in Varied Settings and Groups
3. Teachers Value Student Engagement
4. Teachers Regularly Assess Student Progress
5. Teachers Engage Students in the Learning Process
Three Examples of Proposition 3 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
 Proposition 3 part 2: I support students in various
settings such as in groups and independently. For
example, I start with whole group sessions, and I
then go into one-on-one instruction for students
who are still struggling with the concepts.
 Proposition 3 part 3: I value student engagement,
for without it, I would not deliver lessons that I need to continue in my growth of assessing students. I
maintian their retention. I try to offer them various assess students mostly through summative. I could be better
about using formative assessments. Also, I feel I could use
tools to maintain their engagement such as kahoot
various methods to meet instructional goals. I use the I, WE,
and quizizz. TWO, YOU model, but I want to continue to research and
 Proposition 5 part 5: I engage my students in the maybe even start to do a blended learning class.
learning process in various ways. One of my favorite
ways to engage my students in the learning process
is through allowing them to create their own
assessment questions. This helps them to synthesize
their knowledge and create challenging and
thought-provoking questions.

Proposition 4: Teachers think systematically about their practices and learn from experience. E/E A I/I
1. Teachers Make Difficult Choices That Test Their Professional Judgment
2. Teachers Use Feedback and Research to Improve Their Practice and Positively Impact Student Learning
Three Examples of Proposition 4 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
 Proposition 4 part 1: I make difficult choices that
test my professional judgment. I was reading a
series of novels with my students for a year, but I
realized that I needed to change my curriculum to
If I could improve, I would want to improve in my ability to
choose more challenging books to allow my research to improve my practice. I feel like time is my worst
students to grow in looking at books in a more in enemy . I hardly feel like I have time to research for my
depth fashion. profession, and not only that, I feel like I have little time to
 Proposition 4 part 1: I made difficult choices such as research in making difficult decisions. I want to learn to
providing my students with a day to boost morale. manage my time more efficiently so that I can incorporate
these practices in the future.
My students at the end of the school year are burnt
out, and I know I have more work to get through
with them, but I choose to give them a day of fun by
letting them watch a movie in class or just relax.

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This decision shows them that I care about their
mental and physical well-being.
 Proposition 4 part 2: During the school year, I am
observed by my principal, and I receive feedback
that benefits my teaching. For example, I was told to
incorporate popsicle sticks into my classroom in
order to increase student involvement.

Proposition 5: Teachers are Members of Professional Communities E/E A I/I

1. Teachers Collaborate with Other Professionals to Improve School Effectiveness
2. Teachers Work Collaboratively with Families
3. Teachers Work Collaboratively with the Community
Three Examples of Proposition 5 Experiences Areas of Interest in Growth
 Proposition 5 part 1: At faculty meetings, I work
alongside my colleagues to determine how we can
improve school effectiveness. This year, we sent
out a survey to the students and the families, and
we used the information gained to improve our
practice. I would want to grow in my collaborating with my
 Proposition 5 part 2: At my school, we have a PTO, community. At this moment in time, I work alongside other
and we work alongside the PTO to determine the Catholic school teachers, but I would like to work with
teachers even in the public school areas. I would like to grow
needs of the families. With this open dialogue, we
in working with other professionals to improve school
continue to create excellent relationships with our effectiveness, as well. In doing this, I believe I will more
families. greatly benefit my students.
 Proposition 5 part 3: I reach out to my broader
community such as the various Catholic schools in
the area, and I write to their ELA teachers and
collaborate on projects that can benefit all of our

Summary of Strengths and Areas of Possible Growth

Overall, my strengths revolve around my ability to create a welcoming culture that involves student input and that places
importance in enagement in the subject matter. English language arts is very dear to me and so are my students. By
looking into the interests of my students, I can create subject matter that appeals to them. Also, by allowing them to have
a voice in their learning, I continue to build a trusting classroom culture that fosters growth. In summary, my areas of
growth would be in research-based practices and collecting data to inform instruction. I struggle with finding the time and
the means to do both, and I know this is an area that needs special attention and care. With continued practice, I know I
will grow in this area.

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