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 Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

Organizing Theme and Conceptual Model

Teacher as reflective decision -maker is the organizing theme which best integrates the programsí mission, philosophy, belief statements and goals.

To implement this theme, a conceptual model has been developed which both names and guides the programs-ARK: Action, Reflection, and Knowledge. The ARK conceptual model is an appropriate guide for both faculty and students in the teacher education programs at Minot State University.

To implement this theme, a conceptual model has been developed which both names and guides the programs-ARK: Action, Reflection, and Knowledge. The ARK conceptual model is an appropriate guide for both faculty and students in the teacher education programs at Minot State University.

Teachers who act—the "doing part"- are decision-makers who can and do model best pedagogical practice. They value, encourage, and monitor the sustained active involvement of every student in carefully planned, meaningful learning experiences. The collaborate willingly with colleagues and other professionals on educational issues, to plan and implement best practice, and to offer and receive support in continuing to develop as an expert teacher.

Teachers who reflect—the "thinking part" -are decision-makers who evaluate relevant choices for teaching, decide and act on the preferred choices, and continually reevaluate their choices in light of their effectiveness as evidenced by students response and achievement and by current literature and research findings.

Teachers who know—the "knowing part" - are decision-makers who have acquired a strong knowledge base in both content and pedagogy and who understand the importance of continually striving for currency in both areas. This knowledge base provides information for reflection and action in teaching situations as well as the skills and attitudes necessary to ensure continued growth.