New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium
meaningful The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry,
and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates
learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter
meaningful for students.
development and learning theory The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can
provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual,
social, and personal development.
styles/diversity The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches
to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted
to diverse learners.
strategies/problem solving The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional
strategies to encourage studentsí development of critical thinking,
problem solving, and performance skills.
behavior The teacher uses an understanding individual and group
motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that
encourages positive social interaction, active engagements in
learning, and self-motivation.
Communication/knowledge The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and
media communication techniques to foster active inquiry,
collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
instruction The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject
matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
Assessment The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment
strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual,
social, and physical development of the learner.
growth/reflection The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually
evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others
(students, parents, and other professionals in the learning
community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow
relationships The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues,
parents, and agencies in the larger community to support studentsí
learning and well being.