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Standard #5 InTASC

InTASC/ESPB Standards

Syllabi with links on the right side of page

Assessment (from among those listed under item 4: Evidence of Meeting the Standard)

Standard #5: Applications of Content

The teacher candidate understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

 

EDUC 240 - Educating Exceptional Students

EDUC 283 - Understanding Cultural Diversity 

EDUC 300 - Educational Technology

EDUC 490/480 - Student Teaching

 

InTASC 5 - Student Teaching Data

InTASC 4 - Student Teaching Data

InTASC 5 - Exit Survey

InTASC 5 - 1st Year Teachers

InTASC 5 - Employer (supervisor) Survey

InTASC 5 - PLT - Analysis of instructional scenarios

TLC Template

 

 

 

Narrative for Standard 5

Standard #5: Applications of Content. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical/creative thinking and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Valley City State University teacher candidates gain knowledge and the ability to apply the content they teach through a variety of courses. Just as content knowledge is gained throughout the entire scope of the content curriculum, the applications of the content involve experiences in the methods courses and the entire professional education sequence. The use of technology is taught specifically in EDUC 300, yet ubiquitous in all VCSU coursework. The awareness of the needs of diverse learners is taught in EDUC 240 and EDUC 283, yet the concepts are integrated in multiple learning opportunities throughout the program. Realizing the value of relating to each student goes beyond one course in educational psychology and the application of Bloom's taxonomy or depth of knowledge questions to connect, re-teach or challenge learners is not taught in an isolated instance of one course. The Teaching for Learning Capstone (TLC) Unit requires VCSU teacher candidates to consider applications of content as part of teaching a unit effectively. Candidates gain experience for their TLC Unit throughout the professional education sequence and in the methods courses in their content area.  

The close connection between InTASC #4 Content Knowledge and InTASC #5 encourage the Unit to analyze cooperating teacher ratings of student teachers for both standards 4 and 5. The InTASC #4 Content Knowledge ratings of VCSU student teachers are favorable with the mean scores above 3.50 in every area of InTASC standard 4. The high percentages of "4-distinguished" and "3-proficient" rating scores (95.7% or better) indicate positive outcomes from K-12 cooperating teachers. Only one of the 375 candidates had a circle around both the "2-emerging" and "1-undeveloped".  The positive InTASC #4 ratings for teaching knowledge of subject matter, especially the growth in the area of "Creates meaningful learning experiences" from the fall of 2011 to the fall of 2013, transition well to discussion of InTASC Standard #5.Cooperating teacher ratings of VCSU student teachers received favorable ratings under the main heading for InTASC #5 related to the student teachers' abilities to connect content knowledge to relevant issues in students' lives. (See links to student teacher InTASC data for both standards 4 and 5 on the right.)

The InTASC #5 proficiency ratings of 93.1% and 3.45 mean score open the door for growth as teacher candidates apply what they have learned with students. The VCSU data driven decision to improve in this area involves the efforts of methods teachers and professional education faculty to help candidates learn more about technology, diversity, planning questions and engaging learners in activities involving higher level thinking skills.  The Teaching for Learning Capstone (TLC) unit preparation requires candidates to plan questions using Bloom's taxonomy, Kaplan's icons for depth and complexity, or the Common Core depth of knowledge. Teacher candidates are required to record a video clip during the teaching of their TLC unit providing evidence of in engaging students in higher-level thinking. VCSU will follow future data from cooperating teacher evaluations and also learn from viewing candidate video clips posted in senior portfolios.

 

 

 

InTASC 5 Student Teacher Data

InTASC 5 Exit Survey Data

InTASC 4 Student Teacher Data

InTASC 5 1st Year Teachers

InTASC 5 Employer (Supervisor) Survey

EDUC 240 - Syllabus

EDUC 283 Syllabus

EDUC 300 Syllabus

EDUC 480/490 - Syllabus

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