Artifact 1: My Philosophy of Building Community
Description: This artifact is an article that includes my objectives for community building within a classroom. It defines five aspects that promote high levels of cooperative interaction among students.
Rationale: This artifact supports the evidence that as a teacher, I can create an emotionally safe classroom environment that will promote cooperative interaction within the classroom community. The concepts I have included in this article are supported by theories of Alfie Kohn, William Purkey, and Jim Fay.
Paper: Building Community
Artifact 2: Emotional Intelligence research paper
Description: This is a research paper I wrote on the topic of Emotional Intelligence during Spring semester 2009, while attending a pre-requisite course for the Elementary Education Program.
Rationale: Through my study and research of emotional Intelligence, I have recognized that all the principles promoted by this area of intelligence align seamlessly with this DESERT environment subject matter. Through the research and study of Emotional Intelligence, I am better equipped to create an emotionally safe classroom, encourage active learning, and promote self-motivation as well as cooperative interaction with students.
Paper:Emotional Intelligence Research Paper