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3.f.

The candidate for certification demonstrates and implements innovation


and flexibility.
What: Pull-out schedule, observation, email regarding pull-outs
Who: Teacher Candidate
When: 2014-2015 School Year
Significant Details: These artifacts display my understanding of the
importance of innovation and flexibility in the classroom. They also
demonstrate my desire to have a classroom characterized by innovation and
flexibility.

Analysis: Innovation can be defined as the process of making improvements


by introducing a new idea. Flexibility can be described as a willingness to
modify, change, or adapt. It is not rigid, but pliable. Both are necessary in
the effective classroom. Education has traditionally been teacher controlled
and test driven. It has been about meeting requirements, teaching to the
tests, and sticking with what is acceptable. Maria Montessori shook things
up with her philosophy on education. She was truly innovative in her
approach to educating. She introduced many innovative and flexible
strategies, methods, and materials to help follow the child.
It is important to continue to seek improvement and innovation in the
modern classroom. There is no shortage of literature, workshops, and
information aimed at improving learning. The difficult part is actually taking
a risk and trying something different trying something new and risking
failure. Teachers that experiment are like scientist looking for new
discoveries. Improvements may come in the form of efficiency, productivity,
or quality of work. Improvement should always be a goal of the classroom
teacher.
Some things that teachers can do to innovate their classrooms are: trying
something new, giving students a voice, making skills (like collaboration and
critical thinking) as important as knowledge, teaching teamwork and
fostering the process of students working together to become better
collective thinkers, teaching concepts for deeper understanding (not just
facts), implementing and encouraging reflection to anchor information,
infusing passion into learning (let students integrate their interests into
learning), and connecting learning to real world challenges. All of these
ideas can be transformative. They can encourage improvement and rigor in
learning.
Another aspect of innovation in the classroom deals with technology.
Technology is rapidly changing. There are new forms of technology daily that

can implemented in the classroom to assist student learning. As an older


teacher, technology can be a scary and daunting option. However, its
benefits definitely outweigh its drawbacks. It is important to strive to keep
up with technology that can be beneficial in the classroom.

Planning: In the future, I intend to continue to stay abreast of innovative


strategies, materials, and techniques that improve learning. I will continue
professional development, Montessori classes, and read educational journals
that inform and suggest innovation and flexibility in the classroom.