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
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.