3a. Teachers align their instruction with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.

Standard 3: Teachers know the content they teach

In order to enhance the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, teachers investigate the content standards developed by professional organizations in their specialty area. They develop and apply strategies to make the curriculum rigorous and relevant for all students and provide a balanced curriculum that enhances literacy skills. Elementary teachers have explicit and thorough preparation in literacy instruction. Middle and high school teachers incorporate literacy instruction within the content area or discipline.

Critical Elements: Curriculum Design, Clarity, Expectations, Planning, Objectives

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Clarity

Clarity, according to The Skillful Teacher, is the ability to cause mental acts within student’s minds that will result in their understanding or being able to do something. Compare the definition of Clarity with the definition of teaching. Teaching: Anything a person does that increases the probability of intended learning. The Skillful Teacher text uses… [read more]


Curriculum Design

The curriculum for any subject or course at any grade level consists of a set of agreements between the school system academic department and teachers. Teachers need to understand the status of these agreements thoroughly if they are to be effective at choosing instructional materials for daily use, participating in curriculum development groups, and be… [read more]


Expectations

Nothing influences behavior so strongly as the clear expectations of a significant other. —Jim Steffen, Management Consultant Classrooms are dynamic and complex societies that are filled with expectations: expectations that teachers have for students and that students have for teachers and each other. Expectations explain a good deal of what we see in classrooms—the good… [read more]


Objectives

A clear objective is an anchor of good daily lesson planning. The quality of a teacher’s thinking about objectives during planning directly accounts for the effectiveness of student learning experiences. A learning objective should describe what students should know or be able to do at the end of the course that they couldn’t do before…. [read more]


Planning

Creating a lesson plan is an integral part of each teacher’s day. The lesson plan answers the most basic question: “What are we doing in class today?” The centerpiece of planning is the lesson: the period of planned time in which students engage in content through experiences the teacher has designed. Planning helps teachers focus… [read more]

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