STANDARD 1 - Content Knowledge
The teacher understands the central concepts, methods of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make
the content meaningful to all students.
Knowledge Indicators: The competent teacher
Understands major concepts, assumptions, debates, principles, and
theories that are central to the discipline.
Understands the processes of inquiry central to the discipline.
Understands how students' conceptual frameworks and their misconceptions
for an area of knowledge can influence their learning.
Understands the relationship of knowledge within the discipline
to other content areas and to life and career applications.
Performance Indicators: The competent teacher
Evaluates teaching resources and curriculum materials for their
comprehensiveness, accuracy, and usefulness for representing particular
ideas and concepts.
Uses differing viewpoints, theories, "ways of knowing"
and methods of inquiry in teaching subject matter concepts.
Engages students in generating and testing knowledge according to
the process of inquiry and standards of evidence of the discipline.
Designs learning experiences to promote student skills in the use
of technologies appropriate to the discipline.
Anticipates and adjusts for common misunderstandings of the discipline(s)
that impede learning.
Uses a variety of explanations and multiple representations of concepts
that capture key ideas to help students develop conceptual understanding.
learning experiences that make connections to other content areas
and to life and career experiences.