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8- Mgmt & Professionalism

(1) Record Keeping

Teachers have a professional responsibility to monitor, record and communicate student progress. Many schools and districts have adopted networked grading systems, and some publish grades on secure websites.

  • Use a your school's grade book program to develop a report for a real or hypothetical class of ten or more students who are assessed on five or more assignments. If you do not have access to such a program, you may use a free web-based grade book. You may import an artificial list of students by copying and pasting from this list of scientists.
  • Provide screen captures including:
    • grade book (summary of performance for entire class)
    • detailed report card (progress report) for an individual student.



Grade Book (Summary of Performance for Entire Class)







Class Progress Summary






Detailed Progress for One Student (Max Born)






(2) Searching / Identifying Plagiarism

The ease of information access can accelerate the learning process, but it can also be counter-productive by facilitating plagiarism. Discuss the importance of intellectual honesty with your students and illustrate how you can easily identify work plagiarized from sites on the Internet.


The Definition of Plagiarism

"Plagiarism is the act of taking credit for someone else's written work." 




Intellectual Honesty

Intellectual Honesty is something that should be discussed with elementary school students. As a secondary teacher of Spanish, it is safe to say that with plagiarism, my job is perhaps the easiest. Any language teacher will know if their students are using google translator (or any translator for that matter) because of the sentences that are produced by the student. Especially since language teachers know their content and their students, it is obvious when students use online translators. 



  • Using an advanced search engine, find text from one of your students or from a website related to your field that appears to be plagiarized. Copy and paste the text and the URLs of both pieces in question.


Example of Plagiarized Work- 1 Year Difference





  • Use an online plagiarism detection service such as tunitin.com (Professor Herr, course: sed514; number 3235999; password: sed514) . If you can not find any plagiarized student work, use an article related to your field from Wikipedia.

Grammarly.com Is Known As The Best Grammar and Plagiarism Catcher
This text was rated 67/100 and also detected "Unoriginal Text", meaning Plagiarism was found






(3) Assessment

Teachers must regularly assess student progress. Many textbook publishers make test construction easier by providing test generators, software which allows the teacher to quickly compose tests and keys from question databases. Test generators allow the teacher to input questions, and often provide databases of questions the teacher can select from.

  • Generate a test with at least 7 questions using an online test/quiz generator. Make sure you include sound, photos, and video in some of your questions. Provide a link to the quiz as well as a screen capture of the score someone received after taking the quiz.



Shannon's Results After Having Taken The Quiz







(4) Communication

Students benefit when teachers clearly state their expectations in written form. When these expectations are available on the Internet, all students and parents can benefit, particularly students who have been absent. A variety of commercial resources exist with which teachers can post calendars, homework assignments, and other important documents.

  • Put your class assignments on a Google Site and include a calendar showing when the assignments are due.

Miss Sara's Assignment Calendar

(5) Professional Growth

Teachers should model "life-long learning" by attending workshops, reading journals, and participating in professional organizations.

  • Describe a professional conference (related to your field) you may benefit from attending. Describe the purpose and scope of the professional organization sponsoring the conference and provide a synopsis of the conference and one or more selected workshops or presentations you would like to attend. Include a link to the professional organization and to the specific conference. 



These two links come from the AATSP (The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). They are very beneficial to those who teach Spanish or Portuguese and would like to learn more about how to use technology in the classroom. This is very beneficial because many teachers are not up to par on the technology side of education. Conferences are always positive and allow teachers and educators to move forward in their field. 

(6) Employment

Most schools and districts advertise job openings on the Internet. Teachers should use such resources not only to find employment for themselves, but also to attract others to their schools and thus build strong departments.

  • Find a job announcement for a teaching position for which you are qualified. Include a screen capture of the advertisement. Describe the school and community using information found on the Internet. Cite your resources.


Spanish Teacher Needed at Small Elementary School



Bellaire is known as the "City of Homes" as the city is mostly residential, while there are offices along the 
610 Loop within the city limits. (wikipedia)




  • Put your resume online, either using LinkedIn or one of the professional job sites. You can copy the template found at the bottom of this page.

Resume- See Attached Files
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Sara Rowe,
Dec 8, 2012, 12:01 AM
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