Evaluation Guide to the State of Iowa Teaching StandardsThe University of Iowa College of EducationCedar Rapids Community SchoolsCedar rapids Education Association
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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.

  • Students can access and use a wide-range of resources in various content areas
  • Collection development
  • Up-to-date library computer catalog
  • List of thematic units and book sets
  • Signage
  • Sample of student work

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

  • Assist students in material selection
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Locate and share on-line resources
  • Inter-library loans
  • Accessibility of collection
  • Appropriate organization
  • Diverse, age-appropriate selections
  • Photos
  • Copies of loans and shared material forms

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

  • Collaborative planning
  • Understands and applies vertical articulation
  • Collection supports curriculum and student interests
  • Collaborative planning sheets
  • Book/media lists
  • Notes from students
  • Student work

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

  • Collaborative planning
  • Appropriate awareness and implementation of scope and sequence in all levels & areas
  • Collaborative planning sheets
  • Notes from team meetings