Persuasive Speech Unitms. Schrader's Teaching Portfolio

The following essay is one that I wrote in the Fall Semester of 2008 in ECI 102- Introduction to Middle Grades Education. ECI 102 is the first education class that I took at NC State, so I wrote this when I was truly beginning to learn about the education system and the teaching profession. During the course, we were assigned to write an essay about our thoughts on what it meant to be an effective teacher. We were told to reference our class textbook, the LEAD/SERVE conceptual framework at NC State, and the INTASC principles. I learned a lot about effective teaching from writing this essay and I will strive to be an effective teacher in the near future.

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This unit includes many different hands-on student activities and culminates in the presentation of a persuasive speech. I adapted this unit for use in the speech class during my student teaching, adding a mass media component to the unit plan. The first link is to the original three week unit plan, and the second is to the plan that I used in the speech class at Charlevoix High School complete with handouts. During my student teaching at Charlevoix High School, I taught a 10-12 grade elective speech class. Since the class was small in number, we were able to do a number of different speeches. I taught units on informative speaking, storytelling, future view speeches, demonstration speeches, special occasion speeches, impromptu speeches,.

  1. Unit 5 Portfolio Personal Narrative. After reading your grading comments and the teacher feedback from your OUTLINE in the gradebook, begin writing your paper.
  2. Overall, this unit was challenging to plan and a puzzle to teach, but I learned a lot from the whole experience. I planned out all the lessons the week before I began teaching them, which enabled me to have a solid plan going into the first week of teaching.





There are many techniques, skills,and practices that can make a teacher effective.In my opinion, being an effective teachermeans allowing an environment that enables students to learn in the classroomto their best abilities.When effectiveteaching is practiced, students develop a love for learning and gain newknowledge about what they are studying.Effective teaching can stem from many different practices and ideas suchas attitude toward subject matter, implementing different learning styles intolessons, and being passionate about the subject being taught.All of these ideas can help a teacher becomemore effective in the classroom.It istrue that effective teaching also allows students to better understand newmaterial and difficult content.

Effective teaching takes time andeffort.“Effective teaching is much morethan an intuitive process. A teacher must continually make decisions and act onthose decisions” (Cooper 149).Being ateacher means making several decisions concerning planning for instruction, developingteaching strategies, and evaluating outcomes of lesson plans.After a lesson is taught, it is crucial tomake note if any changes are necessary for next time.If the lesson was successful, the teacherwill know to keep using that strategy in the future.One of the main steps to becoming an effectiveteacher is to gain intimate knowledge toward the subject matter that will betaught in the classroom (Cooper, 149).Also, according to NC State’s College of Education’s LEAD/SERVEconceptual framework, an effective teacher must demonstrate an understanding ofthe education context.In other words,an effective teacher should be able to show that he or she is knowledgeable inthe subject that is being taught.Anotherway to help students in the learning process is to make the content meaningful.For this to take place “the teacher understands the central concepts, tools ofinquiry, and structures of the discipline he or she teachers and createslearning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful forstudents” (INTASC Principles).I believethat teaching the content in a way that students can relate to or in some wayapply it into their own life will help them to understand it.

Another major factor in helping ateacher become effective is attitude. “Many people believe that the teacher’spersonality is the most critical factor in successful teaching.If teachers have warmth, empathy,sensitivity, enthusiasm, and humor, they are much more likely to be successfulthan if they lack these characteristics” (Cooper 157).I definitely believe that this statementholds true.As I think back to highschool, the teachers who had the most pleasant personalities inspired me towant to learn.Their personalities madesuch a huge difference when teaching because it made the class so much more funand enjoyable. I also think that attitude toward subject matter is extremelyimportant.The student can often tell ifthe teacher is passionate about what he/she is teaching.Being passionate about a subject encouragesand inspires others to want to learn about it.I have found that teachers who clearly demonstrate no interest in whatthey are teaching tend not to be effective.After all, why should the students want to learn the material if theteacher finds it boring? Also, becoming a teacher leader could even encourageother teachers to develop a good attitude, which in turn, will benefit morestudents.A teacher’s attitude will morethan likely influence the students.Also, having a positive outlook and being a role model for students willhelp with the learning process.Afterall, attitudes are contagious!

Additionally, effective teachingdepends on if different learning styles are implemented into lesson plans.It is important for a teacher to realize thatnot every student learns in the same way. Some students may be better visual learnerswhile others are better at hands on activities.Incorporating different learning styles will let each student have theability to learn in a way that comes most natural to them.A teacher I observed once said to herstudents, “I am giving a variety of options for this project because eachstudent deserves their chance to shine.”I have never forgotten this statement because I think it is so importantto provide a variety of activities. Accordingto Walburg, “using a variety of teaching models” is an important technique whenit comes to being an effective teacher.Also, according to the INTASC principles, “The teacher understands howstudents differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructionalopportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.”It is evident that it is necessary to beaware of the different ways that students process information and eventuallylearn the material.Another teacher thatI observed was friendly yet strict with her students.I believe that it is necessary to make surethe students know that the teacher has the authority.However, I also believe that making surestudents know that they can talk to their teacher when they have a problem isimportant.When I become a teacher, Iwant my students to know that they have my trust and can confide in me.Encouraging student involvement is anothereffective teaching strategy that I noticed when observing.It appeared to me that the students wereengaged in the work they were doing and also in the material they werelearning.This told me that thisparticular teacher was indeed practicing effective teaching methods.

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When it comes to effective teaching,there are many techniques that can better a teacher’s ability to enablestudents to learn.As anyone can tell,becoming an effective teacher is not easy.It takes a lot of planning, patience, and hard work.However, no matter how much work it takes, Ibelieve that taking these necessary steps are crucial to my success as ateacher.Changing the lives of students,providing them with new knowledge, and giving them the materials necessary tohelp lead a bright future is my priority.If this means doing anything that is in my control to become aneffective teacher, then I will strive to do just that.