Central Concepts of Teaching (1)


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:

  1. Use multiple representations and explanations of disciplinary concepts that capture key ideas and link them to students’ prior learning.
  2. Evaluate teaching resources and curriculum materials for comprehensiveness, accuracy, usefulness and for representing particular ideas and concepts in clear and meaningful ways.
  3. Engage students in generating knowledge and testing hypotheses according to the methods of inquiry and standards of evidence used in the discipline.
  4. 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.
  5. Incorporate knowledge of students’ experiences in the planning, execution, and evaluation of learning experiences.
  6. Explain important principles and concepts delineated within their discipline and link them with professional, state and unit standards.


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