Are you teaching your students to read? Of course you are, but are you teaching them to read effectively for information? Will your PK-5th grade students be ready for the demands of intermediate grades or life beyond the classroom? How do your elementary students measure up when exposed to textbooks to reference materials and to nonfiction trade books to research texts? Can they access information effectively? Do they experience active…
The Teacher as Servant-Leader Commits to Their Subject Matter
Proposition 2: Teachers Know the Subjects They Teach and How to Teach Those Subjects to Students.
- If one cardinal principle of teaching is a commitment to the welfare and education of young people, another is a commitment to subject matter. Accomplished teachers are dedicated to acquainting students with the social, cultural, ethical, and physical worlds in which we live, and they use the subjects they teach as an introduction to those realms. A comprehensive understanding of subject matter entails more than the recitation of dates, multiplication tables, or grammatical rules within a single content domain. Rather, it requires the pursuit of substantive knowledge by exploring domains and making connections to become fully engaged in the learning process.
- Teachers Appreciate How Knowledge in Their Subjects is Created, Organized, and Linked to Other Disciplines
- Teachers Command Specialized Knowledge of How to Convey a Subject to Students
- Teachers Generate Multiple Paths to Knowledge