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Knowledge Areas and Skills Needed By Effective Educators
Most Critical Knowledge Statements
- Know the subject(s) they teach and how they are related to other subjects.
- Know how to teach the subject(s) to students.
- Know how to assess student progress on a regular basis.
- Know how to plan lessons in a logical sequence.
- Know how to reflect on their teaching and devise ways of improving it on an ongoing basis.
- Know how to collaborate with other educators to create the complete educational environment possible for students.
- Know how to use the technology available to us today, at an intermediate level minimally.
- Know and appreciate various cultures, and the larger global society and how to establish rapport with a diverse population of students and parents.
- Know how and where to get needed information
and how to educate students to seek and evaluate information.
Most Critical Skill Statements
- Ability to recognize and respond to individual differences in students.
- Ability to implement a variety of teaching methods that result in high student achievement.
- Ability to work cooperatively with parents, colleagues, support staff, and supervisors.
- Ability to display genuine love of teaching students (enthusiasm).
- Ability to implement full inclusion techniques for special education students.
- Ability to differentiate for variety of developmental stages and ability levels.
- Ability to write, speak, and present well.
- Ability to develop critical thinking skills with students.
- Ability and willingness to relate to parents and other community members, individual and corporate, in a positive and helpful fashion.
- Ability to know and utilize technology in the teaching and learning process.
- Ability to implement conflict-resolution strategies
for both adults and students.
Source: American Association of School Personnel Administrators. Note: For each knowledge and skill statement, AASPA provided evidence statements which are not included here.