Evaluation Guide to the State of Iowa Teaching StandardsThe University of Iowa College of EducationCedar Rapids Community SchoolsCedar rapids Education Association
for General Education Teachers
 Standard 1Standard 2Standard 3Standard 4Standard 5Standard 6Standard 7Standard 8Index

Standard 2

Demonstrates competence in content knowledge appropriate to the teaching position.

Criteria: The Teacher

Teacher Behavior

Optional Documentation

a. Understands and uses key concepts, underlying themes, relationships, and different perspectives related to the content area.

  • Weekly objectives follow district objectives
  • Demonstrate different points of view
  • Uses district curriculum
  • Copies of lesson plan
  • Student work/portfolio

b. Uses knowledge of student development to make learning experiences in the content area meaningful and accessible for every student

  • Uses adaptations to make all
    students successful
  • Makes curriculum accommodations
  • Copies of hand-outs
  • Video used, CD's
  • Notes on lesson plans
  • Log of GWAEA involvement

c. Relates ideas and information within and across content areas.

  • Interdisciplinary units/ works with other teachers including specials
  • Pictures of students
  • Pictures of students and work
  • Lesson plans
  • Notes planning meetings

d. Understands and uses instructional strategies that are appropriate to the content area.

  • Plan lessons to meet district objectives
  • Teach to the students' needs
  • Use of multiple intelligences considered
  • Assessments, copies of study guides
  • Lesson plans, differentiated student work