Teacher Education Competencies
1.0 Content Knowledge
1.1 Liberal Arts. Teachers have broad knowledge of the liberal arts. 1.1.1 Have background in basic subject areas: the arts, humanities, mathematics, and sciences, and have a broad understanding of the major cultures, religions, geography, political systems, philosophies, and economic systems by which people organize their lives. 1.1.2 Know and appreciate the great creative works of world cultures.
1.2 Subject-area Content. Teachers know the content appropriate to their teaching specialty and the relevant applications of this content. 1.2.1 Know their subjects considerably beyond the content they are expected to teach, and know how professionals in their field think and analyze the world. 1.2.2 Have a strong background in the subjects related to their specialty area. 1.2.3 Understand major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry, and ways of knowing that are central to the discipline they teach. 1.2.4 Know how to apply information from their discipline to real-world situations.
1.3 Curriculum Theory. Teachers understand the ways in which their teaching area connects to the broad curriculum. 1.3.1 Know the links between the grade or subject they teach and what comes before and after their course or grade. 1.3.2 Can relate disciplinary knowledge to other subject areas.
1.4 Developmental Theory. Teachers know the ways in which learning takes place, and they know the appropriate levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of the students they teach. 1.4.1 Understand how learning occurs-how students construct knowledge, acquire skills, and develop habits of mind. 1.4.2 Understand that students' physical, social, emotional, moral and cognitive development influence learning. 1.4.3 Are aware of expected developmental progressions and ranges of individual variation within each domain (physical, social, emotional, moral and cognitive), can identify levels of readiness in learning, and understand how development in any one domain may affect performance in others. 1.4.4 Understand how social groups function and influence people, and how people influence groups. 1.4.5 Recognize factors and situations that are likely to promote or diminish intrinsic motivation.
1.5 Diverse Cultural Environments. Teachers recognize the impact of cultural, economic, political, and social environments upon their discipline. 1.5.1 Know the history of their discipline.
1.5.2 Know the contributions that diverse cultural groups have made to their discipline.
1.6 Subject-Specific Technology. Teachers know the specific uses of technology in their discipline. 1.6.1 Understand how technological advances affect their discipline. 1.6.2 Know where to find technological resources specific to their discipline.
2.0 Pedagogical Skills
2.1 Effective Classroom Management. Teachers practice effective classroom management. 2.1.1 Exercise leadership by taking personal responsibility for the progress of all students. 2.1.2 Organize and motivate students to act in ways that meet the needs of both the individual student and the class as a whole. 2.1.3 Maximize efficiency, maintain discipline and morale, promote teamwork, plan, communicate, focus on results, evaluate progress, and make constant adjustments. 2.1.4 Work to minimize disruptions in student learning and take advantage of unexpected events to teach students. 2.1.5 Are skilled at facilitating consensus and mediating conflict. 2.1.6 Use a range of strategies to promote positive relationships, cooperation, and purposeful learning in the classroom. 2.1.7 Engage students in individual and cooperative learning activities that help them develop the motivation to achieve. 2.1.8 Organize, allocate, and manage the resources of time, space, activities, and attention to provide active and equitable engagement of students in productive tasks. 2.1.9 Help the group to develop shared values and expectations for student...
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