The Teacher is a Reflective Practitioner Who Continually Evaluates the Effects of his/her Choices and Actions on Others (Students, Parents, and Other Professionals in the Learning Community) and Who Actively Seeks Out Opportunities to Grow Professionally.

  • Knowledge
    • The teacher understands methods of inquiry that provide him/her with a variety of self- assessment and problem-solving strategies for reflecting on his/her practice, its influences on students' growth and learning, and the complex interactions between them.
    • The teacher is aware of major areas of research on teaching and of resources available for professional learning (e.g. professional literature, colleagues, professional associations, professional development activities).
  • Dispositions
    • The teacher values critical thinking and self-directed learning as habits of mind.
    • The teacher is committed to reflection, assessment, and learning as an ongoing process.
    • The teacher is willing to give and receive help.
    • The teacher is committed to seeking out, developing, and continually refining practices that address the individual needs of students.
    • The teacher recognizes his/her professional responsibility for engaging in and supporting appropriate professional practices for self and colleagues.
  • Performances
    • The teacher uses classroom observation, information about students, and research as sources for evaluating the outcomes of teaching and learning and as a basis for experimenting with, reflecting on, and revising practice.
    • The teacher seeks out professional literature, colleagues, and other resources to support his/her own development as a learner and a teacher.
    • The teacher draws upon professional colleagues within the school and other professional arenas as supports for reflection, problem-solving and new ideas, actively sharing experiences and seeking and giving feedback.

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