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Portrait of a TNCS Teacher: Pillar 3

Teachers use multiple methods to meet their instructional goals.

  • Reflect on their instructional practices
  • Structure their classroom to support learning outcomes
  • Transition between various instructional strategies accounting for student need, learning outcomes, and the efficacy of different approaches
  • Create and modify instructional materials as needed

Teachers support student learning in varied settings and groups. 

  • Facilitate different groupings of students allowing for productive interactions
  • Establish group norms and develop classroom practices that ensure all students feel heard. 
  • Set expectations while remaining sensitive to student needs

Teachers value student engagement and engage them in the learning process.

  • Foster positive relationships with students inside and outside of the classroom
  • Provide clarity by identifying and sharing learning outcomes with students
  • Build bridges between prior knowledge and new content 
  • Model strategies for working through challenging situations 
  • Implement strategies for maintaining and increasing student engagement

Teachers regularly assess student progress. 

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of their instructional strategies
  • Help students engage in self-assessment and reflection
  • Monitor student progress using a variety of methods
  • Provide appropriate student accommodations
  • Define learning outcomes and create scoring rubrics
  • Utilize data to inform decision making

Teachers are committed to students and learning > 

Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students > 

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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