The Teacher Uses an Understanding of Individual and Group Motivation and Behavior to Create a Learning Environment that Encourages Positive Social Interaction, Active Engagement in Learning, and Self-Motivation.

  • Knowledge
    • The teacher can use knowledge about human motivation and behavior drawn from the foundational sciences of psychology, anthropology, and sociology to develop strategies for organizing and supporting individual and group work.
    • The teacher understands how social groups function and influence people, and how people influence groups.
    • The teacher knows how to help people work productively and cooperatively with each other in complex social settings.
    • The teacher understands the principles of effective classroom management and can use a range of strategies to promote positive relationships, cooperation, and purposeful learning in the classroom.
    • The teacher recognizes factors and situations that are likely to promote or diminish intrinsic motivation, and knows how to help students become self-motivated.
  • Dispositions
    • The teacher takes responsibility for establishing a positive climate in the classroom and participates in maintaining such a climate in the school as whole.
    • The teacher understands how participation supports commitment, and is committed to the expression and use of democratic values in the classroom.
    • The teacher values the role of students in promoting each other's learning and recognizes the importance of peer relationships in establishing a climate of learning.
    • The teacher recognizes the value of intrinsic motivation to students' life-long growth and learning.
    • The teacher is committed to the continuous development of individual students' abilities and considers how different motivational strategies are likely to encourage this development for each student.
  • Performances
    • The teacher creates a smoothly functioning learning community in which students assume responsibility for themselves and one another, participate in decisionmaking, work collaboratively and independently, and engage in purposeful learning activities.
    • The teacher engages students in individual and cooperative learning activities that help them develop the motivation to achieve, by, for example, relating lessons to students' personal interests, allowing students to have choices in their learning, and leading students to ask questions and pursue problems that are meaningful to them.
    • The teacher organizes, allocates, and manages the resources of time, space, activities, and attention to provide active and equitable engagement of students in productive tasks.
    • The teacher maximizes the amount of class time spent in learning by creating expectations and processes for communication and behavior along with a physical setting conducive to classroom goals.
    • The teacher helps the group to develop shared values and expectations for student interactions, academic discussions, and individual and group responsibility that create a positive classroom climate of openness, mutual respect, support, and inquiry.
    • The teacher analyzes the classroom environment and makes decisions and adjustments to enhance social relationships, student motivation and engagement, and productive work.
    • The teacher organizes, prepares students for, and monitors independent and group work that allows for full and varied participation of all individuals.

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