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Best Practices

The teacher and other school personnnel understand how children learn and can demonstrate best practices (a variety of research-based instructional and learning strategies) to faciliatate learning and classroom management.

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    • Writing across the curriculum is a best practice that emphasizes writing as a tool for students to learn course content, and an expected competence of teacher candidates. 
    • Teacher candidates are expected to competently write in different genres including journals, essays, abstracts, analyses, field reports; field and laboratory notes; film reviews; course logs; analytical notebooks; laboratory reports; letters to editors and public officials; micro themes; policy analyses; research proposals, papers, and reports; reviews (books, articles, lectures, films, exhibits); speculative or free writing; summaries; syntheses; term papers (long papers reflecting a more extensive treatment of the topic than an essay); portfolio development; and translations.
    • Brain-based learning strategies emphasizing multiple intelligence theory and culturally different learning styles represent best teaching practices to which candidates are exposed and demonstrate mastery. 
    • Lecture is an effective method of teaching for a body of knowledge, dispositions, and skills that can be organized and systematically presented consistent with best practice research and is a mastery expectation of teacher candidates.  
    • Ninety years of research and the findings of more than 600 studies have demonstrated that cooperative learning is a best practice that yields performance measures which result in higher-level reasoning, more frequent generation of new ideas and solutions, and greater transfer of what is learned within one situation to another that teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate. 
    • The ability to develop cooperative learning designs, typically three to five learners working in heterogeneous groups that require cooperative interaction and decision-making related to tasks that have specific objectives, performance criteria and reward systems, is a teacher candidate expectation. 
    • Creating technology integrated learner-centered environments is a best practice emphasized in the teacher preparation program on which candidates are expected to demonstrate mastery.