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Setting Teaching Standards of Excellence for All Children

Updated on August 24, 2012

Planning for Standards of Excellence In Teaching

Planning is focused on defining measurable outcomes for student learning.
Planning is focused on defining measurable outcomes for student learning.

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.

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

Standards
Purpose
Method of Applicaton Examples
Lesson Planning
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.
Diversity
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.
Professional Development
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.
Differentiated Learning
Student centered lessons include activities encompassing learning styles.
Provide whole class, group, individual learning through activities such as literacy circles, art, lifeskills.
Community
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

Snack Centers can be used to develop community in the classroom.
Snack Centers can be used to develop 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.

Examples of Differentiated Learning Activities

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Dianna,

      Excellent hub. Such a detailed hub with great ideas for effective teaching and learning. Very useful hub for both the teachers and the parents who would like to know what exactly is the system all about.

      These days (in this part of the world) I find that the teaching profession is devoid of dedication in so far as individual attention to students is concerned. There are very few teachers who think beyond teaching the prescribed curriculum. Snack center is a wonderful concept for developing the idea of community in children.

      Hats off to you for making this hub. I am sure it will be useful to many people (who are as involved as you are) in the teaching profession.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Most teachers are so overwhelmed with the increased responsibilities these days that it makes it hard to really focus on individual student attention. However, planning does help in setting the best learning environment for all children. It takes a very passionate, dedicated teacher to ensure all children are taught well and grasp the learning. Thanks for your contribution to this topic, Remaniki, it is right on!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Yes Dianna, I agree with you. It is due to the increased workload that teachers are not able to focus on individual child development even if they wanted to. Very true. Cheers, Rema.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, I couldn't agree with your article about setting only the best teaching standards as teachers for our students. As a teacher, when I was teaching, I would try to strive to do only the best for all my students in so far as my lessons and my interactions with all my students. I do agree with you that this is so very key and essential for teaching in general. I was middle school teacher, but loved your example in the pre-school classroom setting. Now having a little girl just starting pre-school for the first time, I would hope that her teacher this year will do just that in her new classroom. Thank you for this very informative read. Have voted up, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Great hub which set an example for both parents and teachers the real meaning of education and the over all growth of the students, your students must be proud of you, God bless you.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Dianne, great hub - it amazes me every day that people still want to teach for a living when you see the challenges they face on a day to day basis - lesson plans, SEN, differentiation, socialisation, modeling and then there's all of the teaching too :o) I worked on the school support staff side until recently and I am now one of the teaching profession's strongest supporters - they work so hard and have one of the most important jobs in the world.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Being a teacher is no easy task. How do you think teachers match up to teaching 10 years ago? I hear so many things about teachers not as good etc. I think that having a lack of supplies and budget cuts does not help. This is a great hub with great ideas for teachers. Thanks for sharing. Voted way up.

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      This piece is a fantastic teaching tool for all teaches. I fear that many of our standards have been lowered in our schools. It is as though mediocrity is acceptable. Voted up interesting, useful and awesome!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      teaches12345, Dianne, this is absolutely wonderful and truly inspiring. You have identified many valuable and important qualities and the outcomes they provide. I want my students to be confident, resourceful and engaged in their learning process. Metacognition is another important aspect to their self growth as life long learners. I strive so hard to build their respective levels of self awareness. You have touched on all of these important elements and we must facilitate these outcomes through effective standards. Very well done. This hub could literally be the spark for an entire course - again, truly well done and thank you for your timely inspiration.

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      Sturgeonl 4 years ago

      Thank you for shedding light on qualities that are so valuable in education. It is inspiring to read a hub that emphasizes the importance ot teaching community and positive social skills. As educators we need to stretch the influence we have on children to include these essential life skills that promote happy and productive citizens. Wonderful hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh how I wish I could have taught with you. You are everything a teacher should be...progressive...forward thinking...compassionate...out of the box thinking....bravo my friend!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Janine, thanks for adding to the content from your professional experience and knowledge. Middle school doesn't have snack centers but some do have others such as math, science and library. Making use of them as community builders is a good idea. Thanks for always being such a positive support to my writing.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Girishpuri, thank you for coming by to support the topic on educational standards. I enjoy teaching them but they are the ones who will make a difference in the future with their standards.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Jools, I am also amazed that people still want to teach in our schools with all the politics and difficulty reaching students. On behalf of teachers everywhere, "Thank You!" for being a support to them. I know that you are much appreciated.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Carol, true - teaching is not easy these days. The students themselves have been raised with different perspective on what education is and what life should give them in return. Also true that budget cuts have affected teachers who need the tools to do their job. I never counted on the budget to do my job, I am one of those weird ones that teach because I love it and want to help others. I may just have to become an advocate at some time to help others in the teaching field. Thank you, Carol, for sharing and caring!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hey breakfastpop! The educational arena has been blasted from all sides and I can understand both views on the present educational standards. I think if more parents were involved in supporting the school system it would help. I appreciate your comment here and support. Have a great weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Missolive, I think teachers are not as enthusiastic about teaching the past few years due to budget cuts, politics, etc. I believe that there is a need to help them to re-align their vision, support their beliefs and to set standards that the entire educational system can benefit from. Thanks for your views on this. You professional support is so valued!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sturgeonl, community is more than just existing within a group. The social skills and emotional support through caring, empathy, problem solving, and unity are life skills that have long lasting impact on our society as they grow into leadership positions in the community. Thanks for your added insight here. You are always a great welcome to see on any hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks, Bill. I wish I would have had all these skills way back when I first started! I think we would have made a great team in helping students to acquire valuable life skills that impacted their world!

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      It's a shame that there are not more teachers who use these standards. With all of the regulations teachers have to follow these days I think some of these standards get pushed to the side. That being said, there are wonderful teachers out there who do follow them. Great hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Yes, it quite a challenge to set standards and then to execute them. We keep trying though. Thanks for the feedback and support on this topic, Glimmer. You enjoy your weekend!

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      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is a great encouragement to teachers everywhere. And you were so detailed in it as well. I am impressed. You must be a wonderful teacher to inspire so many others.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thank you, Karen. I appreciate your warm visit and support. Take care.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Hi teaches.

      I believe that teachers have the duty to set a good example to their students and try to give them indivitual attention and encouragement.

      My problem is the mothers and grandmothers who treat thier childten as little emperors and empresses who can do no wrong. Many set too high demands and too little praise on the teachers.

      God bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      TeacherJoe, it is challenging to work with parents when they do not support the teacher and vision. It makes for a long year! Thanks for your support here, friend. May God continue to bless you also.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Dianne,

      This is a great hub and I like the standards of excellence for all children which you are working towards setting. The important thing is having support from administration, your fellow teachers, and the community in all you do. Voted up and sharing.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is very nicely done. You have provided a lot of information for good teaching practices in a concise fashion.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Paul, having the support of the school community and parents will ensure your vision and planning will experience success. Thank you for bringing this important message to the table. Have a wonderful Sunday.

      Rebecca, thanks for your comment and support. Always good to see your contribution on the hubs. Take care friend.

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      Theresa Ast 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Morning teaches - An excellent hub that clearly illustrates what differentiated instruction is all about. Establishing and then meeting standards is indeed a great deal of work. I am friends with colleagues in our School of Education and they are always busy -- evaluating their courses, their approach, their activities -- all with an eye to improving classroom learning, Good work. ~~ Theresa

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Phdast, your colleagues are the ones who really make education valuable to parents and children. I applaud their approach to learning. Thanks for your feedback and comment. Very valued!

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      Sharilee Swaity 4 years ago from Canada

      Dianne, bravo! This is so beautifully created: I love the dividers and the layout. And the content matches. Excellent advice. I love how you gave the principle and then gave relevant examples.

      This is excellent advice and one I will take to heart as I start a new school year after being off for two years. I do believe that it is important to create a sense of community in your classroom and the school, too. Great ideas for getting there. Thanks for writing this!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Prairie, you have my best wishes for your new school year. I know from your writings that you will create an excellent learning environment for your students. Thanks got your feedback and loyal support. Blessings to you friend!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very useful hub, teaches, and very timely as the new school year approaches. I love the information in the table! As always, thanks for the suggestions and the advice.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for coming in to read the hub, Alicia. Standards are set eat in the school year and help keep teachers focused on success. Enjoy your evening dear friend.

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      This is really great, teaches! My son's universal pre-K teacher was excellent and developed a small-group centers approach to help my son integrate easily with the other children. Two or three children would play at a center for a week as a group, and then the groups would change partners so that my son was able to get to know all of his classmates in small-group settings. He doesn't hear well, so he would often "ignore" the other children (it wasn't really ignoring, but he couldn't hear them and they would perceive it as ignoring them).

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Leah, great teacher who knows how to integrate the classroom and develop community. I am happy for your son! Thanks for your feedback and contribution to the topic. It is a great add for readers to hear.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      This is such a good idea, the Center would have been good when I was at school, we were just put in front of the teacher and she wrote everything down on the blackboard, no interaction, no one on one, nothing, it was what I called learning parrot fashion, great stuff, nell

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Nell, centers are great for allowing children some control in their learning environment. They do learn much more in this fashion. I learned parrot fashion as you did, amazingly we did learn though. Thanks for your visit here. Take care.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      A very useful and thoughtful hub!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by, Livingsta. I appreciate your visit and support.

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      Miss Mimi 4 years ago from On the road again

      This I a wonderful hub, very clearly written. I like your chart about the core standards of excellence for teachers. I teach circus (acrobatics and trapeze) so my methods of application are pretty different from a traditional classroom, but I still love the idea of incorporating these standards while I plan every lesson. I've never consciously thought about incorporating lessons about diversity into my lesson planning before, definitely something to think about, especially since in circus there are strong stereotypes about the roles men and women play in group acts. Voted up and sharing, thanks for posting this!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Miss Mimi, I enjoyed reading about your challenges in teaching, you must have an exiciting classroom! Yes, I think these tips would work for any type of classroom setting. Thanks so much for your valued input. You be safe and strong! Blessings.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      I always adore your detailed teaching hub: they are always succinct - sensible and so well organised. I like the way you've outlined the standards for excellence - the calibration between support and challenge and using thorough feedback skills always interest me. another Ace hub! Happy birthday!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Docmo, I so value your opinions and feedback on my writing. Good to hear it is helpful to others. I cannot function unless I am organized in the classroom. It just helps to ensure the lessons flow well for students. Take care, friend.

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