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The prospective teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for pupils. I. Content & Curriculum
Culture Cube Research I am currently having students in the sixth grade class at Superior Middle School access Encyclopedia Britannica through their “student resources” link on the Superior School District website: www.superior.k12.wi.us/students_resources.php.
In order to increase my competence for the Content and Curriculum standard, my goal is to further investigate how to best use Learning-Focused Strategies in the classroom. The Learning-Focused Notebook (2005) by Dr. Max Thompson and Dr. Julia Thompson provides tools for multiple representations and explanations of disciplinary concepts. I have found that using such tools as the Frayer Model and other organizational graphic organizers have effective results regarding student learning. Reflection on the Standard
The prospective teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies, including the use of technology, to encourage children’s development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. IV. Instructional Strategies
In order to increase my competence for the Instructional Strategies standard, my goal is to acquire additional knowledge about technological resources that are available for students in the Superior School District and other local school districts. I plan to use these technological resources in my future classroom to enhance learning activities for students. Reflection on the Standard