EIP Portfolio

Emma Taylor

Standard One: Apply oral and written communication skills in creating, expressing, and interpreting information and ideas including technical terminology and information

Deliver formal and informal presentations that demonstrate organization and delivery skill


My first lesson, a read aloud demonstrated how to be organized when teaching students. I had the kids read, color, and play with m&ms; while the lesson seemed hectic on paper, there was a way to make it flow well. One way of demonstrating organization in a formal lesson is to have the kids count on their fingers and tell the tasks they need to accomplish. Having them repeat the numbers and tasks back to you ensures the student will understand and accomplish the tasks. It's important to provide organization because students don't always pay attention to the lesson, especially if they are sitting for too long.

Listen and speak effectively to contribute to group discussions and meetings

I recently sat in a meeting with the second grade teachers at Kellybrook. I didn't contribute to the discussion, but I found the conversations very interesting; one of the more important things that was discussed was the use of an apology. They talked about how a student needed to explain what they did wrong and how they could improve next time. The student accepting the apology should not say "it's okay" but rather just accept the apology. One thing I noticed in the meeting was that every teacher was adding to the discussion. It's important to continue and accelerate discussions with other teachers and educators. One other thing I noticed is that every teacher paid attention and listened to what the others had to say. The teachers were taking notes and genuinely engaged in conversations which is important in education because collaboration is key. I've heard many times that teaching is a constant learning opportunity and group meetings easily prove that.

Practice the use of clear verbal directions

When giving verbal directions students, especially second graders and younger children, often let their minds wander and don't fully hear the instructions. One very simple way to ensure kids understand what's expected of them is to use their hands. Having students do something as simple as holding up their index finger and saying "first I will put my writing notebook away", hold up their middle finger and say "second I will get out my math worksheet", hold up 3 fingers and say "lastly, I will write my name on the top". This simple trick greatly improves the number of kids who understand and follow directions.
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Demonstrate the use of multiple technologies for communication and collaboration with students, parents, administrators, and community


When I did my lesson, I used a Kahoot to reinforce the information I had taught to my students. Not only did they enjoy the game, but I think it really helped teach the kids what friendship is and how we can make others feel better. Technology can definitely help students when used in an effective way.

Identify and evaluate characteristics of effective teachers

Identify characteristics of high and low self-esteem and the impact on student achievement

It’s clear to tell that student one has advanced writing skills, whereas student two is struggling to clearly communicate what he is thinking. It's even clear to see that student one is more confident and therefore writes more. This shows in not only their writing and school work but clearly shows in their social skills in school. Student one is able to work with others within the classroom and usually takes control. While student two often struggles to even talk with the teacher and cannot easily work with other students.

Explain personal characteristics, abilities, knowledge, and skills needed to work in education careers

Good teachers strive to help their students inside and outside of school. This video provides many different perspectives on teachers, both from students and teachers themselves.
What are the qualities of a good teacher?

Identify the rewards and challenges of teaching

I think when you ask teachers the rewards and challenges of teaching, they will almost always explain why the benefits outweigh the challenges. The article I have embedded below does a great job of exemplifying that. The teachers mostly talk about how teaching has made a positive impact on their life and even when asked about the difficulties, they spin it into a good thing. I especially like what Julie Vallens said when asked about her most difficult student; she said that a group of boys made her want to quit, but even now as they visit she has a special connection to them because they pushed her to her limit.

Recognize how schedules, activities, routines and transitions promote learning in an effective classroom

Schedules are very important especially to elementary schools. Having a set schedule allows for smoother transitions. Having a schedule also often prevents students from getting too restless in a class because they know when they get to move onto a new activity or subject. Pictured below is how Mrs. Peluso organizes her classroom, the kids seem to really enjoy knowing when they're going to move on and even remind her when it's time to move on. I also embedded a link to why schedules and routines help students; they not only learn how to become responsible, but also improves their social skills. The article also explains what makes a good school schedule and what aspects affect kids in different ways.
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Recognize and demonstrate effective management of diversity in the classroom

Recognize physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of children and adolescents

To recognize these differences, I went to observe Mrs. Carr's special education classroom. I loved being able to see the differences in the students. For example, I met one student who was autistic; Mrs. Carr made him introduce himself to me, including his name, shaking my hand, and how he knew my brother. This interaction took about 5 minutes whereas another student would have been able to do that in a few seconds. I'm excited to be able to work with students with different physical, emotional, social, and intellectual abilities in my future.

Apply learning theories to learners and effective teaching instruction

https://docs.google.com/a/student.liberty.k12.mo.us/document/d/1K42XoDuYvRcm-B-paycl-7oXKe6qNAMMRIOEAnCIiMs/edit?usp=sharing This is my January article analysis about how teachers can encourage their students to learn using different styles of teaching.

Determine management strategies that promote positive student behavior while engaging students in learning

One of my favorite management strategies is assigning students their own jobs in the classroom. Students consider this a privilege and work harder to be able to have a job. Students learn responsibility and gain insight into how classrooms are supposed to be a teamwork learning opportunity. To get the job they want, students have to fill out a job application picking their top three options and why they'd be good at that. It's important that kids realize their skills and are able to express this to the teacher and helps them prepare for the future, even at such a young age.
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Evaluate different learning styles

Because students learn so differently, it's important to allow different learning environments. The most effective way to do this, in my opinion, is to provide blended learning environments. However, this is only effective if done correctly. The below link is a paper I wrote about blended learning.


Examine and apply techniques for assessing student learning

Explain diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments, their purposes, and the data they generate.


This article explains the unpopular opinion for standardized testing. Of course standardized testing isn't the only way to assess I student, I do believe that it can be an effective diagnostic tool if used liberally. The only way to know what and how to teach a student, is to know the starting point and what they already know. Testing can also be used to determine what a student has learned throughout the year.

Analyze data to monitor student progress and learning, and to plan, differentiate, and modify instruction

Mrs. Peluso has done an amazing job of analyzing data to promote student learning and increase progress. I know this because of three students she has helped this year. One student in our class has some emotional problems and often cries in class. His emotional instability often interfered with his ability to learn. To combat this problem, Mrs. Peluso started keeping track of his good days versus his bad days and determined patterns and how to ensure that his learning wasn't being negatively impacted. She has also done this with other students, another one of which has ADHD; Mrs. Peluso has found ways to help him with his schoolwork even when he's having trouble concentrating. It's amazing the difference a good teacher can make in helping a student who is struggling.

Employ knowledge of assessment methods to enhance learner achievement


I really like this article because it explains many different ways to assess students to improve their learning. There's both formal and informal ways to test students, and often times the informal ways work best because students aren't worried about the test.

Describe how to involve learners in self-assessment and goal setting to address gaps between performance and potential

I like using a format like this to encourage self learning. Students are more likely to work towards a specific goal than learning in general. They're even more likely to achieve this goal if they're given the responsibility of setting it themselves. The template I have embedded below not only asks the student to set a goal but also asks them to set a timeline and a way to achieve their goal. While working with younger kids it's important for them to want to learn; if they don't have the desire they usually won't try. However, setting their own goals ensures they're more motivated
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Examine teaching and training profession as a career

Identify career opportunities at the local, state, and national levels to plan for a career in education and training


This article does a great job of explaining different paths teachers can take besides just simply teaching. I appreciate that there are so many different careers in education so you can still help a student, even if it's not directly teaching them.

Explore educational teaching pathways (i.e., preschool, elementary school, middle school, high school, special education, and career technical education)


I like that we did this chart because it allowed me to explore how different level of education are run. I like that I had the opportunity in EIP to explore so many different types of education to see where I would like working the rest of my life.

Identify specific requirements to become a certified teacher or a paraprofessional in a chosen area and level of education


The above link is specific requirements for special education teachers. While I only need a bachelor's degree and state certification to teach special education, I'm also going to dual major in special education cross categorical and elementary education. I also want to get my master's shortly after my bachelor's and probably eventually get my doctorate.

Generate a plan for professional learning

Because of the Educational Internship Program, I have decided I want to pursue a career in education. My plan is to go to Northwest Missouri State University and dual major in Special Education: Categorical and Elementary Education. After I get my bachelor's degree and finish my student teaching, I want to finish my master's degree within five years.