INTASC Standards

(Interstate New Teacher Assessment Support Consortium Standards)

Throughout the Teacher Preparation Handbook and the Education Department syllabi are numerous references to the INTASC standards, the Iowa Department of Education state standards. Here is a list of these standards and requirements for you to incorporate into your thinking and writing:

Standard One - Knowledge of Subject Matter: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) she or he teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

Standard Two - Knowledge of Human Development: The teacher understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.

Standard Three - Adapting Instruction for Individual Needs: The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

Standard Four - Multiple Instructional Strategies: The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

Standard Five - Classroom Motivation and Management Skills: The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interactions, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Standard Six - Communication Skills: The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

Standard Seven - Instructional Planning Skills: The teacher plans instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

Standard Eight - Assessment of Student Learning: The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.

Standard Nine - Professional Commitment and Responsibility: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of her/his choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

Standard Ten - Partnerships: The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well being.