INTASC Portfolio

Core Principles


1.    Content Pedagogy

In order to teach most effectively a teacher must posses a number of strategies and techniques.  These strategies and techniques are tools that expert teacher use to deliver content information to their students.  Understanding how to make the content relevant and accessible.

2.    Student Development

One of the most important goals of education is student development.  Teachers should strive to make a lasting impression on their students that go beyond their content.  This impression will promote the students social,  emotional, and cognitive development.  Students should leave each school year more prepared for life because of the development and growth that took place that year. 

3.    Diverse Learners

Teachers that use varied forms of instruction (including assessments), give their students a great chance of success.  Students learn in different ways and have different strengths.  Teaching to various learning styles not only gives students the opportunity to learn in ways compatible with their learning style, but it also always them to strengthen weak areas without drowning in them.

4.    Multiple Instructional Strategies

The importance of mastering a number of instructional strategies goes beyond the diverse learning styles of your students.  Teachers that have more then one strategy at hand will not panic when a group of students do not understand the material.  If one strategy does not work you should be able to try a different approach.   

5.    Motivation and Management

Classroom management is a vital part of education.  The role motivation plays that if the students are not motivated the participation falls.  Teacher should make connections with the students to show they have some invested interest in their lives.  In addition to that they most have understandable classroom rules and consequences.  Varied instructional techniques will also help motivate students by keeping the structure of the class fresh and exciting.  

6.    Communication and Technology

Communication is becoming less of an exact science than it once was.  Teachers must consider their audience when wording question and creating handouts.  The transfer of ideas is what you are targeting so using a variety of transportation devices can be helpful.  Using music, video, tools, computers, and the internet can all improve the teachers ability to transfer information to their students.


7.    Planning

Ay attraction to the discipline of social studies is the way it relates to life.  It is not a direct application like math.  As with any subject teachers should plan using standards and objectives to give them direction and measurable goals.  To teach most effectively teachers must connect the content to the community around the school or the lives of the students.  It takes a master planner to do this way, but with effort and practice all teachers can gain some level of competency in this type of planning.  

8.    Assessment

Assessments come in various forms.  They can be formal or informal, small or large.  observations of student participation or interaction, homework, projects, and test are all forms of assessment.  They help you measure the students progress towards or beyond the objective, goal, or standard.  If the assessment shows you the student has not meet them, ether more instruction is needed or a different strategy should be taken.

9.    Reflective Practice: Professional Growth

It is important for teachers to continue refining, readjusting, and realigning their practices throughout their career.  Reflection and correction will make the teachers projects, lesson plans, and tests more successful.  Pre-testing, journaling, and student feedback can all give up information as to how effective you were in a particular lesson.     

10.  School and Community Involvement  

It is important that the teachers show that they have invested interest in the school, community, or students.  Teachers that are disconnected (punch the clock and go home) have a harder time communicating with students than the volunteers, coaches, fans club directors and advisors.  Involvement is a way of showing you care that is often better received then saying you care.  Involved teachers receive more respect and have stronger connections with their students.