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Keene State College

Music Department

Teacher Candidate Assessment of Performance (TCAP)
MU 475/476 Music Student Teaching

STRAND 5: Reflecting and Growing Professionally


During week 7, student teachers will continue to teach other activities as determined by the co-
operating teacher. This week, the final TCAP goal is to focus on ‘Reflecting and Growing Pro-
fessionally. Submit the “Reflecting and Growing Professionally’ commentary and a completed
Dispositions self-evaluation.


The Reflecting and Growing Professionally Strand provides evidence of how you:

• Monitored student learning and made appropriate adjustments to instruction during the learn-
ing segment

• Use research, theory, and reflections on teaching and learning to guide practice

Reflecting and Growing Professionally Commentary

Write a commentary that addresses the following prompts. You can address each prompt sepa-
rately, through a holistic essay, or a combination of both, as long as all prompts are addressed.


How does the candidate use research, theory, and reflections on teaching and learning to
guide practice?

1. Based on your experience teaching this learning segment, describe

a. What you learned about your students and what questions you have about your stu-
dents’ learning.

I learned that in general, first graders need a lot of repetition. You could feel that you’ve covered
something very thoroughly, but then a week goes by and your almost back at square one. Dur-
ing this 3 week unit, I covered do, mi, sol, do with them. I question whether I should continue to
cover the entire scale with the students, or should I wait till next year when they’re in second

b. How your students’ learning was affected by your planning, instruction, or assessment
My students’ learning was affected in every aspect of planning, instruction, and assessment. All
those factors contributed in how well or not the students understood the objectives of the unit.
They were affected by my planning because the activities I planned was the result of how the
students were going to learn the material, which would also affect the pacing of the lesson. In-
struction because of how clearly or not clearly I communicated the material to them. Assess-
ment because I determined how well they understood what I had taught.

c. The pedagogies, methodologies, or rehearsal techniques that inform these conclu-


I used the Kodaly with Curwen Hand Signs as my main teaching methodology. I also used Orff,
and Rote methodologies in my lessons.

d. What you learned about yourself as a teacher.

Watching and reviewing the videos really helped me determine what I liked and what I would
change for the next time I teach this lesson. One of the things I learned about myself as a
teacher would be how important it is to understand who your students are and try to look at
things in their perspective. Sometimes, I had a difficult time understanding why this small some
of the students were behaving the way they were, there were definitely times when I thought it
was the way I was teaching that they were reacting negatively toward

If you could go back and teach this learning segment again to the same group of students, de-

e. What you would do differently in relation to planning, instruction, and assessment?

In relation to planning, I would keep in mind that it’s ok if the plans change a little bit over the
course of the lesson, it means you’re adapting to the students. Some classes may understand
the concepts faster or slower than others. I would also try to plan more movement activities with
the younger classes. The hand signs and the jump, stomp clap activity was heading into the
right direction, but I want most of the lesson to be moving, I think that it’s what the younger stu-
dents respond to best.

In relation to instruction, I would try to shorten my instructions into 5 word sentences, with more
playing, singing, and moving. I would also make sure instructions include a lot more peer review.
Taking the focus off me will give me the opportunity to do a scan of the room and make sure that
they’re all understanding. I can also keep an eye on who is staying on task and who isn’t.

In relation to assessment, I would make sure that I leave more of a paper trail. If I’m doing a vis-
ual assessment, it’s important I record the information down right away that way when it comes
time to give students a letter grade in their report cards, I can go back through and give them an
accurate grade.

f. How the changes would improve the learning of students with different needs and

In relation to planning, the addition to adding more movement would benefit students who need
to move and have a difficult time sitting still. Just because they have to move doesn’t mean they
don’t want to listen.
In relation to instruction, shortening instructions will be less confusing and more playing and
moving means they’re going to be more engaged in what they’re doing.
In relation to assessment, leaving a paper trail will give me a better indication on how they’re
each doing over a long period of time, which will help metric each students progression.

*** Please self-assess your Strand 5 submission using the rubrics below.
Type the level that best represents your work for these areas:

9. Level 2
10. Level 3
11. Level 2
12. Level 3