3b. Teachers know the content appropriate to their teaching specialty.

Standard 3: Teachers know the content they teach

Teachers bring a richness and depth of understanding to their classrooms by knowing their subjects beyond the content they are expected to teach and by directing students’ natural curiosity into an interest in learning. Elementary teachers have broad knowledge across disciplines. Middle school and high school teachers have depth in one or more specific content areas or disciplines.

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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]


Learning Experiences

The Learning Experiences area of performance on the Map of Pedagogical Knowledge is constructed from the student point of view. We ask first, “What are students experiencing in their environment? What are the attributes of the activity? What is it like from the student’s perspective to be participating in this activity? Then we ask the… [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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