4b. Teachers plan instruction appropriate for their students.

Standard 4: Teachers facilitate learning for their students

Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and use a variety of data sources for short- and long-range planning based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. These plans reflect an understanding of how students learn. Teachers engage students in the learning process. They understand that instructional plans must be consistently monitored and modified to enhance learning. Teachers make the curriculum responsive to cultural differences and individual learning needs.

Critical Elements: Curriculum Design, Clarity, Objectives, Assessment, Principles of Learning, Expectations

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Assessment

Assessment-The purpose of assessment is to motivate students to want to do better while giving them information they can use to do better. Additionally, a teacher’s re-teaching plans are informed to support students to do better. The Skillful Teacher suggests that certain changes in the classroom can have unusually large effects into other practices. Good… [read more]


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]


Principles of Learning

Principles of Learning describes twenty-four teaching concept “power packs,” each one self-contained and ready for use as an addition to any teacher’s repertoire. Each of the twenty four concepts is grounded in learning theory and are certain to increase the rate and durability of students’ learning. What each of these principles share in common is… [read more]

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