You can access this page from any Web-connected computer, any place, any time. It demonstrates numerous pathways to address the 7 Standards and each of the Common Teaching Competencies that are used to assess your Practicum teaching, your Program Portfolio, and which form the basis for Teacher Certification. Use these links to anticipate and begin to explore EFFECTIVE TEACHING.

The Common Teaching Competencies

Dept. of Ed. Regulations 603 CMR 7.11 (1)(a).

Competency I: Subject Matter Knowledge. The effective early childhood, elementary, middle/secondary school teacher demonstrates knowledge of:

a) the subject matter of Early Childhood, Elementary, Reading, Middle, or Secondary School education, including literature and the language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health and physical education

{Based on the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks}

b) the physical, social emotional, intellectual and moral development of adolescents, both with and without special needs;
c) multidisciplinary structures, teaming and interdisciplinary planning;
d) the relationships among the disciplines taught in the middle/secondary school.

Competency II: Communication Skills. The effective teacher:

a) communicates sensitively with language appropriate to students' ages, levels of development, gender, race, and ethnic, linguistic and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as individual learning styles and needs;
b) interacts with students, families, and colleagues.

Competency III: Instructional Practice. The effective teacher:

a) understands typical and atypical human development and is familiar with principles of curriculum and instruction, including strategies for integrating special education students into regular classroom settings and developing and implementing individualized Educational Plans (IEPs);
b) teaches through diverse modes, including new technologies, reading and language arts as appropriate to age, learning style and developmental stage of the learner;
c) makes curricular content relevant to the experiences of students from diverse racial, socioeconomic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds;
d) organizes and manages a classroom to support the growth and learning of diverse students;
e) uses methods that develop students' academic and social skills;
f) works effectively with families and community sources.

Competency IV: Evaluation. The effective teacher:

a) designs and uses various evaluative procedures to assess student learning;
b) evaluates his or her own teaching behavior, and uses the results to improve student learning.

Competency V: Problem Solving. The effective teacher:

a) thinks critically about teaching and learning;
b) fosters students' creative and analytical thinking skills.

Competency VI: Equity. The effective teacher:

a) deals equitably and responsibly with all learners;
b) understands the impact of western and non-western civilizations on contemporary American culture and uses this knowledge to develop appropriate strategies.

Competency VII: Professionalism. The effective teacher:

a) understands his or her legal and moral responsibilities;
b) learns from experience and supervision;
c) understands the impact of societal problems that can affect student learning negatively and uses appropriate strategies to address such issues.


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