Badge Portfolio

1. Apprenticeship Reflection

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Describe your experience with the certification process. Identify the Institute you attended. Include highlights and useful take aways from the Institute and apprenticeship. More Info

VaLI 2019 (6/18 through 6/20) Led by Helen Barrier & Dana McCaleb (also Jocelyn Washburn and Whitney Miller)

I just completed three days at the Virginia Leadership Institute for Professional Developers in SIM.  It was a revolutionary experience.  To be honest, when I came into the week, I wasn't really sure if I was going to follow through with the apprenticeship after the institute or not.  I'm switching schools, and I just wasn't sure if it was going to be feasible to meet all of the requirements.  I was feeling rather burnt out just thinking about trying to "get everything done" that will be required to become a professional developer in CER's.

Thankfully, this week revived my passion for education in general and for the value of SIM and the need for passionate leaders to carry the torch of it to others.  It was superb to be exposed to adult learning theory, partnership principles, the impact cycle and much more in an environment of determined, energetic and encouraging individuals.  The opportunity to develop assignments and present both a SIM overview and a data-driven integration of routines and strategies was wonderfully challenging to me as a learner.  Being able to give those presentations and receive feedback in a supportive and constructive environment was priceless.

It would be impossible to even list everything that I gained intellectually from this week, but the emotional influence that it has left on me as an educator is truly beyond words.  I am so grateful to have been granted the privilege to participate in this marvelous experience, and I am fully convinced that the impact it is leaving on me goes far beyond understanding data or matching a need with a routine or strategy.  It reminded me that there are still teachers and other individuals in the education field who adore their work and are there to support one another.  Needless to say, I'm thankful that I didn't back out!

2. Co-Plan and Co-Instruct

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• Apprentices co-plan and either present or co-present one SIM Overview and two CERs with an active SIM Professional Developer. • Post: Presentation used (such as Power Point), Planning agenda, Select observation notes provided by the SIM Professional Developer as feedback, PD session evaluation More Info

Google Slides for SIM Overview/Unit Organizer CER Presentation on March 9th, 2020.

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Unit Organizer PD - March 2020

What is SIM? Content Enhancement: Unit Organizer March 9th, 2020

Presentation Planning for SIM Overview on 7/15/19

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Presentation Planner

Timing Objectives/Activities Materials Handout Approx. 10 minutes (1:30-1:40) Approx 5 minutes (1:40 - 1:45) Approx. 5 minutes (1:45 - 1:50) Approx. 10-15 minutes (1:50--2:05) Approx. 10 minutes (2:05-2:15) Approx. 15 minutes (2:15-2:30) Intro/Advance Organizer (1...

SIM Overview Presentation for 7/15/19

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Overview of SIM - Erin Smith

A Whole New World: SIM™and the Future of PCMS Erin Smith Algebra I and Algebra II Teacher Page County High School Shenandoah, VA

3. Frequently Asked Questions Assignment

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• To prepare potential professional developers in SIM Learning Strategies to answer difficult questions that are often asked at SIM PD sessions, Apprentices submit responses to 15 of 30 SIM Frequently Asked Questions. • Post reflection about how answering the FAQs has helped you prepare. More Info

Reflection on FAQ's Assignment

This assignment was definitely helpful to me in considering questions and concerns that teachers who are interested in learning about SIM might have regarding Content Enhancement Routines.  It was a great opportunity to synthesize learning from my own classroom experience, the VaLI apprenticeship conference, a variety of readings over the years, and much more.  Not only did it help me to learn some additional information, but it also revealed to me just how much knowledge and experience I have been privileged to gather throughout my years of using SIM in my own classroom.  As a result of this task, I feel very confident in the face of any worry or resistance that might arise as I try to present Content Enhancement Routines to others in the future.

Answers to the FAQ's

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FAQ's for SIM PD Certification

Answers to FAQ's for CER's (for PD certification) Erin Smith Teachers feel pressure to deliver large quantities of content to students in a short period of time. A great concern is that students experience meaningful learning. How will Content Enhancement address this concern? When teachers ...

4. Content Enhancement Routine Expertise

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• Provide the names of any CER that you implemented as part of your apprenticeship experience • Post evidence that relates to new learning, increased knowledge, and/or skills you have developed during this process More Info

Content Enhancement Routines Used

Prior to 2019-2020:
Course Organizer
Unit Organizer
Framing Routine
Concept Comparison
Question Exploration

5. Professional Learning Plan

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• Develop a written plan for implementation of SIM in your department/school/division/region/state. • Include initial PD, instructional coaching, and technical assistance for administrators to ensure infrastructure support More Info

No evidence submitted for this requirement

6. Data Driven Planning

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Create a written plan demonstrating use of student data to determine selection of SIM instructional tools or interventions. More Info

No evidence submitted for this requirement

7. Any Additional Evidence (Optional)

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• Provide evidence of your apprenticeship experiences that you wish to share (such as coaching data, interview with a teacher, etc.) More Info

No evidence submitted for this requirement