2012 - 2013 Teaching Goals for Ernie Delemeester

Goal 1: Demonstrate the traits of a Technology Leader in my District
Purpose: Improve the quality and effectiveness of instructional programs in our district by sharing tools for collaboration and creativity, and use them to their fullest potential to provide a competitive advantage our students need to prosper in the future. Action Plan Model the six traits most commonly found in technology leaders: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Modeling Accessible/approachable Informed Knowledgeable Risk Taker Supporter Initiator

Rationale – Modeling these traits in all my activities will help “pull” other staff members toward achieving this goal.

Goal 2: Evaluate “Combined Measures” of my Teaching Effectiveness

Purpose: Improve my teaching effectiveness through analysis of student feedback, classroom observation and estimation of “value added” to student assessment scores. Action Plan A. Recognize the three most important measures of teaching effectiveness as described by “The New Teacher Project” (TNTP) and the “Measures of Effective Teaching” (MET) project used to improve teaching quality are…

Student Feedback Classroom Observation Student Assessment (value added evaluation)

Rationale – A combined measure of teacher effectiveness has been shown to be the best predictor of positive student outcomes according to the report Gathering Feedback for Teaching: “Combining the three approaches (classroom observations, student feedback, and value-added student achievement gains) capitalizes on their strengths and offsets their weaknesses.
http://metproject.org/downloads/MET_Gathering_Feedback_Research_Paper.pdf Jan 2012, pg. 60

B. Revise my student feedback survey to incorporate questions which provide the most usefulness for improving my teaching Rationale – According to the report Learning about Teaching, certain questions in five areas; care, control, clarify, challenge, captivate, confer and consolidate, are strongly correlated with effective teaching and positive student outcomes.
http://www.metproject.org/downloads/Preliminary_Findings-Research_Paper.pdf Dec 2010, pg. 13

C. Perform a “Value Added” evaluation for each of my classes

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Administer the multiple question portion of the New York State Regents 8th Grade Science Exam at the beginning and end of the year in Science 8 to evaluate student growth over the year. Incorporate questions from the New York State Regents Earth Science Exam into each unit of instruction in Earth Science to enhance rigor and ask questions from a new perspective.

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Use the State of Michigan CHEMISTRY end of course exam as the final exam for my Chemistry students.

Rationale – According to the report Learning about Teaching, value added assessments have the greatest correlation with long term student achievement. I have found the New York State Regent exams and the “Michigan Chemistry Test” to be rigorous tests in every content area which I teach, and they are aligned with National Science Standards which I expect my students to master.
http://www.metproject.org/downloads/Preliminary_Findings-Research_Paper.pdf Jan 2012, pg. 21

Goal 3: Continue to Emphasize Priority School Rules

Purpose: Provide a consistent framework for behavior expectations, support clear policies, reduce ambiguity, and improve communication Action Plan Address requirement for following Cell Phone (electronic devices), Tardy, Attendance, Dress and Academic Integrity Policy in my syllabus. Post these policies on my information board at the start of the year. Rationale – Consistent and fair administration of rules improves communication and understanding between students, parents and teachers.

Goal 4: Encourage Student Participation in Extra-Curricular Activities

Purpose: Foster positive student attitudes through participation in science and leadership type competitions, build self-esteem, develop leadership skills and improve general science content knowledge of students Action Plan


Science Olympiad: Encourage students to participate in Science Olympiad (grades 6-9). Rationale – encouraging students to participate in these events will generate enthusiasm for a certain proportion of the student body. Participation is likely to improve science process skills for these students.


Ecology Club: Continue to advise students participating in environmentally focused activities like the Ecology Club and the Envirothon competitions. Rationale – Environmental stewardship continues to be a critical area that will impact all our lives. Involving students in environmentally focused events raises awareness and promotes understanding of complex issues facing our nation.

Goal 5: Continue Cross Curricular Partnerships

Purpose: Implement a “Cutting-Edge” Science program and encourage participation with multiple levels of students and community members Action Plan A. High School – Elementary Partnerships (Earth Science and NL Elementary Teachers) High School – Partnerships with Local Professionals UM Flint Geosciences: Dr. Randy Repic Shiawassee Conservation District: Melissa Higbee and Andrea Wendt The Spicer Group: Ron Hansen, Engineer DeVries Nature Conservancy: Tracy McMullen and Ken Algozin Shiawassee Dept. Public Health: Trevor Older, Radon

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Channel 5 Meteorologists

Rationale – service learning and personal communication are effective tools for student, personal and program development

Goal 6: Continuous Improvement of Teaching Skills
Purpose: Improve my teaching effectiveness through continuous improvement.
Action Plan

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Continuing Education: 9 Credits, MAET Certificate Program at MSU Memberships / Meetings

Contribute to district Science Committee Meetings
• Scheduled meetings

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Benchmarking visits to other schools

Renew memberships, subscribe to journals and attend meetings

National Science Teachers Association National Earth Science Teachers Association,

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Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association

MSTA Annual Meeting – Make a Presentation integrating technology March 8-9 at EMU MACUL Annual Meeting – Attend March 20-23 at Cobo Center in Detroit

Rationale – continuing education, district and professional organizations provide opportunities for personal and professional development.