Setting Teaching Standards of Excellence for All Children
Planning for Standards of Excellence In Teaching
Setting The Vision of Excellence In Teaching
Each year teacher's are challenged to set goals for their students leading to relevant and meaningful learning and will design a curriculum providing engaging content which will include critical thinking, problem solving and communication in order to meet educational standards set by the school, state and government.
Beyond this, a passionate teacher, one who is concerned about the individual student needs, will also design a curriculum around relationships and community that will extend the learning into their personal world.
The planning sets a vision of excellence in teaching not only for the present classroom, but for future growth of each student as they transition to the next grade and beyond. Students who are taught through active and relevant learning to uncover solutions are ones who will set the standards for those around them in lifelong learning adventures.
Setting Standards of Excellence in Teaching
- How to Be an Excellent Teacher
An excellent teacher makes a positive impact on students by being positive and nurturing. Having good character traits helps students to feel comfortable in the classroom.
Do We Still Have The Same Teaching Standards?
Standards Of Leadership In Teaching
Teachers set leadership standards in their classroom through role modeling and facilitating age appropriate activities that challenge students to use critical thinking skills to create workable solutions. They empower children to collaborate within their diverse groups to present a final product that not only satisfies the group, but provides a solution to the problem.
Teachers also lead within the school setting to help set high standards for the entire student body. They are present and active in meetings and contribute to the building and establishment of good and safe working conditions that will benefit children. High ethical standards and respect for others is always present in teachers who support higher learning for colleagues and students and they advocate this in all school policy and practices.
It is also beneficial in setting standards to build the community within your classroom and among your parents. Helping children to be a part of the whole by encouraging them to develop character traits such as empathy and charity during classroom activities will strengthen your entire curriculum as the year progresses. Including parents in the classroom activities through special event planning, newsletters and volunteer opportunities will not only build a solid support system for the class but for the students as well.
Core Standards of Excellence For Teachers
Method of Applicaton Examples
Providing lessons that engage students in the learning process. Teachers observe, assess and adjust plans accordingly to meet student needs.
Thematic lesson on patterns to build math skills, group collaboration and problem solving.
Plan lessons to counteract stereotypes and lead children to accept different points of view.
Provide social settings, such as open snack area, to encourage interaction between children.
Include time for personal development to reinforce current skills and to keep abreast of trends.
Attend in-service workshops, active membership in educational groups (i.e., NAEYC), and continued educational courses.
Student centered lessons include activities encompassing learning styles.
Provide whole class, group, individual learning through activities such as literacy circles, art, lifeskills.
To build sense of belonging in the classroom and to build a supportive parent group.
Involve children in creating classroom guidelines, caring for class pets or plants. Create a parent volunteer group for classroom activities.
Setting Standards for Community In The Classroom
An Example of Community In The Classroom
An area often used to build school community is a center in the classroom. Centers are defined locations in the classroom set aside for a specific learning activity and purpose, for example a math, science or reading center. Children will either be directed to a center, or allowed to choose a center depending upon the class curriculum.
One of my favorite centers for preschool children is the Snack Center. Teachers provide children the food items and guide them on the meal choices. For instance, there may be a set number of crackers allowed for the day, or a special project such as making "Lion Faces" with rice cakes, raisins, licorice and peanut butter. If there are children with special needs in the classroom, the center layout should (and all other classroom areas) allow for easy access and not create barriers in developing community among the children.
The goal of this center is to allow children to help each other in passing food items, setting the table, pouring drinks and clean-up. Additionally, they are encouraged to talk to each other while eating. Many times, teachers will sit with the children and engage in conversation about the snacks, lesson activities, or just chat about every day personal interests and concerns.
As children become familiar with the center routines, they learn to respect each others desires and food preferences, build trust, and develop positive social skills.