A Second Thought

Educators in Georgia are required to obtain certification by earning a degree in education and passing a certification test in form of the Praxis or the GACE. Individuals wishing to enter into a career in education may still chose education as their career if they take an alternative approach known as the Georgia Teacher Alternative Preparation Program also known as TAPP. TAPP is a 2 year program that allows individuals who already have a Bachelors degree to work as teachers while they take courses in education (without earning a degree). TAPP individuals are required to complete a portfolio which contains artifacts from the duration of the two year experience as a teacher such as photos, research, and evaluations.

A Second Thought

The project was defined clearly and candidates signed off before entering the program. The team included the mentor who monitored the entire process and the TAPP candidate who was responsible for completing the project under the chosen guidelines of the program. The list of artifacts were chosen in the initial stages and given to the candidates. The strategy to complete the task was left up to the TAPP candidate with assistance from the mentor. The project was to be completed in at the end of the 2nd year but the schedule was not stressed until the end of the second year. The project contained limited costs and the scope changes were handled by the TAPP candidate. At the end, the project was to be approved by the mentor who then submitted the project to be approved by the program.

In this project, I was proud of the deliverables because the portfolio exhibited quality work samples of the work that I had done. The most frustrating part of this assignment was scanning all of the projects documents to a computer in order to make an electronic copy of all the documents within the portfolio. If I had to complete this project again, I would make sure that I started early to allow myself more time to complete all of the required tasks. The most gratifying part of this project was the success of my portfolio. My portfolio was chosen as a sample for others to review. If I could change anything about this project, it would be to make the electronic version of the portfolio optional. The estimate of the original size of the project was underestimated. It could have been improved if I had taken a realistic approach to scheme of the project. The early warning signs of the project came from my mentor who continued to request for updated versions on my portfolio. I could have completed this project without my mentor but it would have been more difficult. Constraints were made clear in the beginning but with a few adjustments along the way.