Commitment to the education profession is vital to a successful career. Having a professional disposition is a key part to this success. As a teacher, I demonstrate my commitment to the professional through my professional demeanor, participation in professional development, effective communication skills, collaboration, and reflective practice.

During the practicum and student teaching experiences, I have observed the various content areas, behavior management, and students with exceptionalities. As a bonus, I am able to observe real teachers in their professional environment. The teachers act as models for the student teachers to observe and learn about professional demeanor. I am able to observe many different models of everything from answering parent e-mails to interacting with other teachers. These models have helped me develop a professional demeanor.

I have also been fortunate enough to have participated in a mathematics conference that William and Mary hosted in the fall of 2013. I was able to spend the day with other pre-service and active teachers developing our mathematical instructional skills with workshops involving manipulatives and Math Talk. We had been discussing the importance of hands-on manipulative work in our math content course and it was very educational to learn about new ways to apply their use in the classroom. I was also able to learn about Math Talk and different ways to incorporate it into the classroom. The use of dialogue regarding mathematical reasoning was enlightening and I use aspects of it while teaching the students in my placement. My reflection of the mathematics conference is attached below.

Communicating and collaborating have been highly emphasized in our program as well. We have an entire course on effective collaboration with colleagues, administration, students, and parents. We have had the opportunity to use our assignments from this course to learn about collaborating in the "real world". One such assignment was a parent conference assignment for which I had to lead a parent-teacher conference. I focused on collaboration techniques such as I-messages, restating, and being aware of the parent's agenda. My reflection of the parent-teacher conference is attached below. I have also had the opportunity to participate in many other forms of collaboration that are vital to a teacher's professional success, such as: weekly team meetings with the other first grade teachers, working with the reading resource teachers and the guidance counselor throughout the year to monitor student progress, and completing group projects with my fellow student teachers (a science circus, math lesson, interdisciplinary unit development, etc.).

As evidenced above with the attached reflections, the School of Education at The College of William and Mary strongly emphasizes the importance of being a reflective practitioner. We use reflection in our coursework, in the classroom, and in self-evaluations. These reflections come in written-form and video form. I have found our video reflections very helpful. Teachers are in front of the class every day, putting on a show that should engage and enlighten students. It is important to know how I come across to my audience. Our video reflections help me see and hear myself from a perspective I normally would not have.

With a developing professional demeanor I hope to positively influence my colleagues and my students. My commitment to the education profession is evident in my strides for professional development, communication and collaboration, and active reflections.