Demonstrates knowledge of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) s/he teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful to students. Candidate performance demonstrating the following capabilities informs this standard.
The ability to:
- Use multiple representations and explanations of disciplinary concepts that capture key ideas and link them to students’ prior learning.
- Evaluate teaching resources and curriculum materials for comprehensiveness, accuracy, usefulness and for representing particular ideas and concepts in clear and meaningful ways.
- Engage students in generating knowledge and testing hypotheses according to the methods of inquiry and standards of evidence used in the discipline.
- Model the use of the tools of the discipline through the inclusion of technology and create opportunities for students to practice the use of these tools.
- Incorporate knowledge of students’ experiences in the planning, execution, and evaluation of learning experiences.
- Explain important principles and concepts delineated within their discipline and link them with professional, state and unit standards.