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Tool: Developing a shared vision of teaching

Purpose of this tool: This tool is intended to assist you and your colleagues in developing a shared vision of high quality teaching. In order to make mentoring more than just helping beginning teachers survive their first few years, mentor teachers (and their school colleagues) need to articulate the skills, knowledge and dispositions of the teachers they want to help beginning teachers become.


How to use this tool: This tool places national and state teaching standards next to one another to help you and your colleagues think about the skills, knowledge and dispositions you want to foster in the beginning teachers with whom you work. As you read over the chart, work with your colleagues to fill in the Local Standards column. You and your colleagues should make use of any local – district, school, department – standards and curricular documents that will help you do this work. You can also refer to the Highly qualified teacher document to inform your work.


Developing a shared vision of teaching guide

Managing a Class

  ASSIST Core Teaching Practices National and/or State Standards Local
Standards for Teaching
Forming relationships with students      
Balanced strategies for
motivating students to learn
     
Teaching routines that save time & focus attention      
Establishing rules for a classroom learning community      
Dealing with inattention & misbehavior      
Analyzing important classroom events      

 

Engaging Communities

  ASSIST Core Teaching Practices National and/or State Standards Local
Standards for Teaching
Examining one’s beliefs, attitudes & values      
Learning about families’ experiences, goals & values      
Developing curriculum connections w/ families & communities      
Developing strategies for communicating w/ families      
Supporting & educating family volunteers      
Understanding connections between parenting & learning      
Informing parents about school community resources      

 

Planning Activities

  ASSIST Core Teaching Practices National and/or State Standards Local
Standards for Teaching
Planning standards-based lessons      
Planning standards-based units      
Planning for the year      
Planning for multiple intelligences      
Choosing challenging activities      
Exploring content expectations      

 

Leading Discussions

  ASSIST Core Teaching Practices National and/or State Standards Local
Standards for Teaching
Questioning using higher order thinking      
Encouraging students to participate      
Responding to students      
Engaging culturally diverse students      
Developing student discussion skills      

 

Assessment

  ASSIST Core Teaching Practices National and/or State Standards Local
Standards for Teaching
Understanding & using standards to assess student learning      
Evaluating student progress      
Reporting student progress      
Using assessment to guide & adjust planning & teaching      

 

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