Educator Competencies: Video Examples of ‘Leading Learners Towards Mastery’

August 17, 2021

By mastering the twelve foundational competencies, educators can build a solid foundation for continued growth. The competencies are a subset of those outlined in the Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments, created to empower a growing number of teachers to implement and scale up a transformation of their classrooms into places of personalized, student-centered learning. While Educator Competencies explores many areas, twelve competencies were flagged as foundational and ‘prerequisite’ to all others, including leading learners towards mastery.

Lead Learners Towards Mastery

Utilize in-depth understanding of content and learning progressions to engage learners and lead individual learners toward mastery

Teachers who lead learners towards mastery:

  • communicate key concepts, tools of investigation and structures of the content area
  • build students’ understanding of the subject area, identifying misconceptions and intervening with scaffolding, explanation and targeted practice
  • create, adapt or use rubrics that clearly define “mastery” of key concepts
  • provide learning experiences that make content-based concepts accessible and meaningful
  • present content through multiple perspectives, engaging learners in critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving around local and global issues

Content can be more accessible and meaningful to students when they understand the “why” and the “how.” A science teacher outlines how educators might teach a lesson in an inductive way, allowing students to gradually build connections and understanding of a subject. This approach supports deeper learning and moves learners towards mastery.

While solving authentic local and global problems, students engage more fully with content when they have the opportunity to consider a variety of perspectives. Classroom footage and commentary from teachers and students provides an in-depth look at a science investigation related to food safety at local restaurants. This inquiry-based approach to content could be used in any classroom.

Learn more about this and other competencies, as well as how to transform classrooms into places of personalized, student-centered learning, by interacting with Educator Competencies for Personalized, Learner-Centered Environments.

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