1a. Teachers lead in their classrooms.

Standard 1: Teachers demonstrate leadership

Teachers demonstrate leadership by taking responsibility for the progress of all students to ensure that they graduate from high school, are globally competitive for work and postsecondary education, and are prepared for life in the 21st century. Teachers communicate this vision to their students. Using a variety of data sources, they organize, plan, and set goals that meet the needs of the individual student and the class. Teachers use various types of assessment data during the school year to evaluate student progress and to make adjustments to the teaching and leaning process. They establish a safe, orderly environment, and they create a culture that empowers students to collaborate and become lifelong learners.

Critical Elements: Momentum, Space, Assessment, Discipline, Classroom Climate, Principles of Learning

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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]

Classroom Climate

The Skillful Teacher operational definition of classroom climate: “The feelings and beliefs students have and the cumulative patterns of behavior that result from those feelings and beliefs regarding community and mutual support, risk taking and confidence, and influence and control.” When students feel empowered, accepted, and safe enough to take risks, they like school better… [read more]


Many teachers use a disproportionate amount of time and energy towards classroom management or discipline. Sadly, a significant percentage of teachers leave teaching because they found they rarely dealt with anything other than discipline. If you find yourself struggling in the area of classroom discipline you are not alone!


For teaching purposes, the concept of momentum refers to the smooth, ongoing flow of events in the classroom. With sometimes large numbers of students in classrooms, spanning diverse backgrounds and functioning at differentiated instructional levels, anything and everything can present as a pitfall to momentum. Learning downtime can be a good thing as it relates… [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]


Teachers can make advantageous uses of classroom and school space to make a difference in how students function. Much in the way that architects, interior decorators, and environmental engineers manipulate space, schools can also apply those insights to increase student satisfaction and productivity. The Skillful Teacher examines two ways of conceptualizing space. One is to… [read more]

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