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1. Knowledge of Students and Their Development

  • Understands and appreciates diversity
  • Forms constructive relationships with students
  • Connects students' prior learning, life experiences and interests with learning goals
  • Uses a variety of instructional strategies and resources to respond to students' diverse needs
  • Facilitates learning experiences that promote autonomy, interaction and choice
  • Engages students in problem solving, critical thinking and other activities that make subject matter meaningful

2. Creates an Effective Learning Environment

  • Establishes a climate that promotes fairness and students
  • Establishes a collaborative learning environment
  • Creates a physical environment that engages all students
  • Plans and implements classroom procedures and routines that support student learning
  • Uses instructional time effectively

3. Understands Subject Matter

  • Demonstrates knowledge of subject matter content and skills
  • Interrelates ideas and information within and across subject matter areas
  • Uses instructional strategies that are appropriate to the subject matter
  • Uses materials, resources and technologies to provide meaningful learning

4. Plans and Designs Appropriate Learning Experiences

  • Establishes goals for student learning
  • Develops and sequences instructional activities for student learning
  • Modifies instructional plans to meet the needs of all students
  • Uses resources to meet the needs of student

5. Uses On-going Assessment to Monitor Student Learning

  • Communicates learning goals to students
  • Collects and uses multiple sources of information to assess learning
  • Assists students in assessing their own learning
  • Maintains up-to-date records a analyzes data
  • Communicates with students and families about student progress

6. Develops Professional Practice

  • Reflects on teaching practice to extend knowledge and skills
  • Establishes goals for professional development
  • Meets the responsibilities of a professional educator
  • Works with families in supporting student learning
  • Maintains positive relationships with other professionals
  • Works with colleagues to improve professional practice

Adapted from UMN-SFPS Teacher Standards and Competencies