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Paper 2 Instructions


At this point in the semester, you’ve nearly completed your “introductory field experiences” having taken 2 all-day field trips to schools as well as nearly completing a 2-hour, weekly tutoring/volunteer experience intended to provide you with a consistent opportunity to “learn about learning and learners.”
Believing that these course-related experiences (in addition to prior experiences to be sure) are informing your beliefs about learning, learners, the profession of education, schools, teachers and teaching, etc., you’re now in a position to analyze actual “belief statements” that exist within the profession. These belief statements (also known as a “code of ethics” or “disposition statement” or a “code of conduct”) are declarations (by institutions such as a school or by a profession) that explicitly or implicitly express what is most valued and what is held as the standards of excellence.
In your packet of readings, you will find 4 examples of  these “belief statements” selected by our College of Education faculty for your consideration. In preparation for our Week #12 (Unlearning Lesson #7) class meeting, please read all 4 of these statements. You will be asked to work individually and in small groups during class to analyze these statements—comparing and contrasting, identifying contradictions, discerning overarching commitments, etc.


Following our class activity, your task in Paper #2 is to address the following:
 (1)     What are the principles (or beliefs or values or dispositions, etc.) to which YOU—as a teacher—will commit yourself and your teaching?
    An example of one principle might be “I will commit myself to the promotion of inquiry, to asking questions, to supporting children/young people in their quest for understanding.” You would then elaborate on what such a principle would “look like”—when practiced—in an actual classroom.
 (2)    What evidence (from the entire range of your life/student experiences) can you site in support of your commitment to these principles?
    Using the example provided in (1), you might provide evidence in the form of a story about the positive effects you’ve experienced in your own educational path when allowed to raise questions and to seek understanding. You would provide a description of how this experience has informed your commitment to this principle as one (among others) of your highest “standards” of teaching excellence.

The length of the paper should be 2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1 in. margin. Please submit to ANGEL dropbox NO LATER THAN Sunday, April 12 at 12 midnight.
Point value = 10 pts.