Demonstrates an understanding of human growth and development and of how students learn.
Demonstrates an understanding of how students differ in their approaches to learning; creates instructional opportunities that are equitable and adaptable to diverse learners.
Uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior; creates a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation; maintains effective classroom management; and is prepared to address behaviors related to substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors.
Understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches.
Understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to create learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners.
Understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the student, and effectively uses both formative and summative assessment, including student achievement data, to determine appropriate instruction.
Understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including technology, to ensure mastery of content and engage learners in critical in critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving and performance skills.
Uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques, and other forms of symbolic representation, to foster active inquiry and collaboration and to support interaction in the classroom.
Understands the principles and practices of Consciousness-Based℠ education, their significance and applications.
Understands the projected outcomes of a wide range of initiatives for improving education in one’s classroom, school and district, and evaluates a proposed innovation for its potential impact on student learning and growth.
Develops knowledge of social, historical and philosophical foundations of education; demonstrates understanding of educational law and policy, ethics and the administrative context of teaching.