Just as my eldest son and I linked hands at the top of Mt. Lincoln in New Hampshire after a hard climb along the Franconia Ridge, so the five propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, arrived at after much hard work and sweat, form a link between a teacher's performance and his aspirations.
The Five Core Propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards
Proposition 1: Teachers are Committed to Students and Their Learning
* Teachers are dedicated to making knowledge accessible to all students. They believe all students can learn.
* They treat students equitably. They recognize the individual differences that distinguish their students from one another
and they take account for these differences in their practice.
* Teachers understand how students develop and learn.
* They respect the cultural and family differences students bring to their classroom.
* They are concerned with their students' self-concept, their motivation and the effects of learning on peer relationships.
* Teachers are also concerned with the development of character and civic responsibility.
Proposition 2: Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How to Teach Those Subjects to Students.
Proposition 3: Teachers are Responsible for Managing and Monitoring Student Learning.
* Teachers deliver effective instruction. They move fluently through a range of instructional techniques, keeping students
motivated, engaged and focused.
* They know how to engage students to ensure a disciplined learning environment, and how to organize instruction to meet
* Teachers know how to assess the progress of individual students as well as the class as a whole.
* They use multiple methods for measuring student growth and understanding, and they can clearly explain student
performance to parents.
Proposition 4: Teachers Think Systematically about Their Practice and Learn from Experience.
* Teachers model what it means to be an educated person - they read, they question, they create and they are willing to try
* They are familiar with learning theories and instructional strategies and stay abreast of current issues in American
* They critically examine their practice on a regular basis to deepen knowledge, expand their repertoire of skills, and
incorporate new findings into their practice.
Proposition 5: Teachers are Members of Learning Communities.
* Teachers collaborate with others to improve student learning.
* They are leaders and actively know how to seek and build partnerships with community groups and businesses.
* They work with other professionals on instructional policy, curriculum development and staff development.
* They can evaluate school progress and the allocation of resources in order to meet state and local education objectives.
* They know how to work collaboratively with parents to engage them productively in the work of the school.