Standard 8: Reflection and Continuous Growth
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who uses evidence to continually evaluate and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.
I received a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis,
Maryland. The college is unique because it offers only one degree for Graduates and
Undergraduates. The course of study is a liberal arts program taught across disciplines
using the Great Books. Among many others, we read Euclid in math, Herodotus in
history and Joyce in literature. Every class was a seminar directed by tutors but driven
through discourse from the students. A single line of text could become an hour’s
discussion. The rigorous questioning taught me how to articulate my thoughts more
deeply and critically than before. This education gave me the tools to identify Special
Education as a career.
I have always been drawn to education and always wanted to help people.
However, my interests were always nebulous and not tied to a direct course of action.
The emphasis on critical thinking through asking questions and articulating thoughts
that I experienced at St. John’s made it possible for me to be specific and certain about
my next goal after graduation. At Westminster College, I have continued reflecting and
refining my goals within the education field. Each class and field placement required
me to push for deeper understanding of and greater competence with my role as an
Reading has always been one of the most important aspects of my life. As an
education student, it has gained new significance as I have sought to diversify my
reading in order to prepare myself to create relevant and dynamic curriculum for my
widened the scope of my reading and deepened my commitment to diversity.