At the beginning of school year, I set my goal working on Captivate and Clarify.
7Cs Professional Growth Goal (to be completed after Professional Growth Self Reflection)
Which of the 7Cs will you work on this year? Why?
- Captivate: I chose to work on Curricular Support, especially on captivating and maintaining students’ interest in learning Chinese. We are in the process of developing and refining our new curriculum and standards, I feel it is essential to keep students’ interest in mind while doing this. At the end of the day, everything is about students’ learning and the students are the at the center of learning.
- Clarify: With multiple proficiency levels in one class, it is very important to be able to provide clear and personalized explanations and instructions while introducing new content and assessments.
Then after the 7Cs survey I altered my goals a bit. I will continue to focus on “Captivate”, but will direct more energy on “Consolidate” instead of “Clarify”. Here is a brief of the survey result:
Among the 7Cs components, my high scores are in “confer”, “clarify” and “management”, “care” came in after.
My students rated me high on explaining content and asking questions to make sure they are following what they are learning. The rating on classroom management and Care are general high as well. I scored low on “captivate” and “challenge”. My goal this year is to work on Captivating students interest in Learning Chinese.
I know I am a caring teacher who genuinely show interests in their well-beings and constantly check if they are on the right track, and take them as learning partners. I thought I would be rated low on Classroom Management, as that is my weak area and sometimes I feel I am not totally on top of things happening in classrooms. I planned to work on helping students to be and stay interested in learning Chinese, and the survey result shows my direction is correct in general.
I will continue this year to captivate and motivate students learning Chinese. I will utilize more corporative learning strategies, find more online resources and authentic learning opportunities for my students. Some examples/ actions of getting students more into learning Chinese are design activities that require higher level thinking skills and interacting with local people to see the purpose of learning Chinese at a higher level.
In alignment with the Tool Kits of 7Cs on Captivation, I will design and facilitate lessons that stimulate students’ thinking and interests. I will help them to view and experience the fun of learning Chinese. Data and evidence will be collected along the way, this will be the “live roadmap” that guides the teaching and learning.