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Portrait of a TNCS Teacher: Pillar 2

Teachers understand how knowledge in their subjects is created, organized and linked to other disciplines. 

  • Possess a firm command of their subject area including not just factual knowledge but major themes and concepts
  • Leverage relationships within and between disciplines to create multiple pathways toward learning
  • Recognize that multiple perspectives and interpretations exist within  each content area 

Teachers command specialized knowledge of how to convey a subject to students.

  • Draw on a repertoire of instructional strategies to share their subject matter
  • Respond to common misconceptions and areas of challenge
  • Activate prior knowledge, experience, and skills
  • Leverage technology to support learning

Teachers create multiple paths to learning. 

  • Vary their instructional approach to meet the learning needs of students
  • Model and help students develop a critical mindset
  • Encourage students to view issues from multiple perspectives
  • Challenge students to apply their knowledge in new and distinct ways

Teachers utilize a diversity of instructional resources. 

  • Reflect on and reassess curriculum to adjust for cultural shifts and opportunities to celebrate diversity
  • Provide opportunities to engage with authentic audiences
  • Create learning environments that are culturally responsive 
  • Explore the intersectionality between various minority and marginalized groups

Teachers are committed to students and learning >  

Teachers are responsible for supporting student learning >  

Teachers think systematically and intentionally about their instructional practices and learn from their experiences > 

Teachers are active members of learning communities > 

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