Novice proficiency level: 1st Grade

The following email exchange between PD and CM is listed in chronological order.

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Email Exchange Between PD and CM

Overall rating & analysis

Overall rating: Two N ratings and one BP rating equal an overall Novice rating.

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In action…
Demonstrates attempt to employ role models

In reflection…
Accurately explains how to select and use role models to convey messages of persistence or academic success

Describes in a compelling way why it is important to employ such role models

Strand 1: The alignment between role models’ messages and the ideals of persistence and academic success.

Ensures that role model conveys message of persistence or academic success

Ensures that role model conveys message of persistence and academic success

Strand 2: The extent to which students are able to interact with role models and extract meaning and inspiration from their stories.

Enables students to learn role models' stories through occasional exposure

Enables students to gain frequent and meaningful exposure to role models

Strand 3: The number of students who have relevant role models.

Uses reasonably appropriate and relevant role models with whom at least some students can identify

Ensures almost all students have appropriate role models with whom they identify, based on an understanding of student sub-groups


Analysis: Why did the teacher receive these ratings?

Rating: NStrand 1: The alignment between role models’ messages and the ideals of persistence and academic success.

Why N?

  • Tom's role model conveyed a message of neither persistence nor academic success though his reflection indicated that he understood the importance of these elements.
  • Although Tom clearly attempted to choose a role model with an appropriate message, and had the right intentions, his attempt was ultimately unsuccessful since he did nothing to help shape or ensure the substance of the message itself. In reality, Superman proved ineffective as a role model because it is unlikely that his messages provided inspiration in any substantive or meaningful way.

Why not BP?

  • Tom did not ensure that his role model conveyed a message of either persistence or academic success. He assumed his speaker would address the relevant issues that Tom valued, but Tom did nothing to prepare the speaker to meet his expectations.
  • Superman relies on physical strength over intellectual accomplishment, which limits his effectiveness as a role model.
  • Ultimately, Tom's role model does not meet the BP bar because Superman's messages do nothing to "directly address students’ belief that they can and want to succeed academically."

Rating: NStrand 2: The extent to which students are able to interact with role models and extract meaning and inspiration from their stories.

Why N?

  • Tom admits that he has no other plans for using role models for the remainder of the semester.
  • Tom's one use of a role model in the first semester consisted of a one-day visit.
  • Tom's comments seem to suggest that he considers the use of role models in the classroom to be one-time special events as opposed to understanding that he can infuse his classroom with role models in an integrated and ongoing way.
  • Tom's attempt was ultimately unsuccessful since it is unlikely that any students will reference or apply any lasting or substantive message from Superman's visit in future contexts.

Why not BP?

Tom clearly indicates that he thinks one isolated use of a role model per semester is sufficient, which does not meet the BP bar for "occasional exposure." He makes clear that he has no specific plans for using role models again. In order to reach BP, he would need to use more than one single role model per semester.

Rating: BPStrand 3: The number of students who have relevant role models.

Why BP?

Tom selects a fictional role model who is broadly applicable, reasonably appropriate, and with whom some children can identify.

Why not AP?

Tom acknowledges the limitations of his role model, who will not prove effective for several subgroups of students. As a white male, Superman might not be as inspiring to the girls and minorities in the class. Superman also relies on physical strength over intellectual accomplishment, which also limits his effectiveness as a role model. Additionally, to some children, Superman might lack the current relevance of action figures like the Power Rangers, for example. Furthermore, not all children are inspired by super heroes, so it ineffective to rely on one as the sole role model.