Collaboration Is A Key Ingredient For Successful Teacher Professional Development Essay

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Collaboration is a key ingredient for successful teacher professional development. Through this field experience, I had the privilege of collaborating with Mrs. Branson and further developing my professional teaching philosophy. As a teacher candidate in Mrs. Branson’s 3rd grade classroom, I have learned new classroom management skills and how to guide, inspire, and provide structure to my students. Mrs. Branson has taught 3rd grade at S.H. Elementary for the past three years. S.H. Elementary is a charter school located in the south suburbs of Minneapolis. I have observed Mrs. Branson in her classroom for the past two months and had the opportunity to create and teach a variety of lessons to an engaging and active group of 3rd graders. She has become a very important teacher mentor in my life and I had the liberty to sit down with her and reflect on her teaching experience. Mrs. Branson’s journey to become a teacher is very similar to my own professional quest in life. Mrs. Branson graduated with a degree in fashion design and started her professional career in fashion merchandising. After about three years of working in the field, she realized she needed a change in her life. She credits this moment of epiphany when she went to visit her 1-year-old nephew in Indiana while she was living in Chicago. Every time she would go home, she noticed how much he would change. As she noticed these changes, she thought to herself that it was weird and fascinating how every time she

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