Foundations of Professional Practice
The lessons contained in this site attempt to adhere and address all of the foundations of professional practice as outlined by the Ontario College of Teachers. In specific, in each lesson idea the particular standard of practice that has been employed is highlighted under the activity or activities that demonstrate each standard. In general, the following descriptions highlight how the standards of professional practice can be addressed in typical lessons in the topic of genetic disorders
Commitment to Students and Student Learning:
In each lesson an attempt has been made to provide a variety of teaching strategies that incorporate as many chances for differentiated instruction as possible. The variety and sheer number of resources provided in this section aim to promote student success and student interest in the topic of genetic disorders.
The use of videos, computer simulations and interactive websites in this section along with the incorporation of related societal applications and implications demonstrate a commitment to being current in the professional knowledge needed regarding the topic of genetic disorders
Leadership in Learning Communities:
This section strives to incorporate student-centered learning as much as possible. Through the use of whole class activities and self-directed learning, this section aims to promote a sense of community within the classroom with the teacher in a predominately leadership role; as well as promote recognition of the role of the members of the classroom within the community and society as a whole.
The use of a variety of teaching strategies, assessment techniques, resources and technology in this section aims to respond to the needs of all students in order to promote student success in the topic of genetic disorders.
Ongoing Professional Learning:
The creation of this section of the website inherently comes with a commitment to ongoing professional learning in terms of the self-directed learning, research, collaboration and knowledge required to develop a method for teaching a concept as well as learning when and how to incorporate a variety of teaching strategies and collaborate with fellow colleagues to execute the final product.