A reflection on my time in the CTI Induction Program
At the beginning of my second year of CTI Induction, I set a professional growth goal to continue to increase student success and engagement through the lense of social emotional learning, trauma informed practices, and communication with parents and community members. Ending my second year, I feel that I have successfully met that goal and further developed as a professional educator. At the beginning of each year educators in the induction program are asked to complete a self assessment to identify strengths and areas of growth using the California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTP). My top three areas of strength remained the same over the course of the year, but my teaching practices were refined as I completed induction cycles. My top three areas of strength include "Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning", "Assessing Students for Learning", and "Developing as a Professional Educator". While not necessarily surprising, I am proud to have grown in these three areas over the course of the school year, and I admire the determination it oftentimes took in order to continue making growth on these fronts. Over the course of this year my students have surprised me with their openness and receptivity to developing socially and emotionally in my class, and I am extremely proud of them. Beyond induction, I find it increasingly relevant to continue working to implement trauma-informed social emotional teaching practices at my school site and in my classroom. My goal is to continue working with the burgeoning culture surrounding mindfulness and social emotional wellness at my school site by collaborating with the Wellness Center, leading professional development opportunities with colleagues, maintaining these practices in my classroom, and advocating for resources that support the social emotional development and wellbeing of my students and others across the nation. I will continue to assess my goal attainment by seeking feedback from colleagues, students, and collaborators. As I advance in my teaching and educational career I will remain committed to attending and learning from professional development opportunities and seek reflective advice from professionals in my field. In order to ensure that I am equipped personally and professionally to care for myself and my students, I will continue to implement the teacher self care practices that I developed this year throughout induction. For teachers that are entering the field my advice is: At the start of your career you will get hundreds of pieces of advice on how to run your classroom- selectively take the the pieces of advice that align with your values and natural strengths as a new educator, and do what works for you. Know that what may work for the experienced teacher down the hall may not work for you, and that is not a personally failing, but rather a difference in traits and preferences. Some days will be really hard and you will feel like giving up, and that's okay. Know that each day is a new day and students (especially high school students) take that sentiment to heart. What upset them yesterday may not be as big a point of contention today. Give a lot of grace. There is always, always more to the story than the behavior you are seeing appear on the surface; try to see what that is before passing judgement or making lasting decisions. And lastly, there is always more to learn- keep your mind open to continuously learning from the successes and failures within your classroom and you will grow, and your students will grow with you.