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Standard 1 - Engaging and Supporting All Students in Learning

Teachers know and care about their students to engage them in learning. They connect learning to students’ prior knowledge, backgrounds, life experiences, and interests. They connect subject matter to meaningful, real-life contexts. Teachers use a variety of instructional strategies, resources, and technologies to meet the diverse learning needs of students. They promote critical thinking through inquiry, problem solving, and reflection. They monitor student learning and adjust instruction while teaching. 

1.5 - Promoting critical thinking through inquiry, problem solving, and reflection

As teachers develop, they may ask, “How do I…” or “Why do I…”

  • encourage students to use multiple approaches and solutions to solve problems?
  • encourage students to ask critical questions and consider diverse perspectives about subject matter?
  • provide opportunities for students to think about, discuss, and evaluate content?
  • ask questions to facilitate discussion, clarify, and extend students’ thinking?
  • support students to think and communicate with clarity and precision?
  • help students apply previous learning to new situations?
  • encourage students to create, imagine, and innovate?
  • help students to develop and use strategies and technologies for accessing knowledge and information?
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