Central Teaching Practices
across all CCSU teacher preparation programs
Central to Planning for Learning
- Set, for and with students, standards-based long and short term learning objectives that address student learning needs.
- Employ data on students’ prior knowledge and learning profiles to design learning sequences that support all learners.
- Plan instruction that reflects an understanding of common patterns of student thinking and development in a subject-matter.
- Plan instruction that promotes active student engagement in discipline-based literacy, accountable talk, argumentation, and inquiry.
- Plan learning opportunities that proactively integrate multiple means of engagement, expression, and representation to scaffold and support learning (Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
- Employ multiple explanations, examples, representations, and modeling to make content clear to diverse learners.
- Plan for and implement evidence-based strategies, including technologies, that are responsive to students’ needs and backgrounds.
Central to Instruction
- Elicit and interpret individual students’ thinking.
- Facilitate varied classroom discourse including whole group discussions and small group work.
- Foster student engagement in inquiry and self-directed learning.
- Check student understanding and continuously adjust instruction.
Central to Assessing Learning
- Select and develop equitable methods to assess student learning.
- Analyze student work, including daily assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, performances, and standardized assessments to establish next steps in instruction.
- Provide students with prompt, actionable, and individually appropriate feedback on learning processes and products.
- Analyze assessment data and report results appropriately to varied audiences (e.g. parents, colleagues, students, data teams, administrators).
Central to Creating a Positive Learning Environment
- Build on students’ cultural, personal, and community assets to foster a positive climate and support learning for all students
- Establish safe, organized, consistent, and positive learning environment. (Build respectful relationships with students; Implement organizational routines; Specify and reinforce productive student behavior; Implement norms and routines for classroom discourse and work).
- Support each student’s social and emotional development.
- Employ strategies that promote the development of student self-regulation, self-monitoring, reflection, and goal setting.
Central to the Professional Responsibilities of Teaching
- Interact collaboratively in professional roles beyond the classroom (e.g. data teams, professional learning communities, curriculum teams, school governance teams, PPT or SRBI teams, parent organizations, community partnerships, etc.).
- Collaborate with parents or guardian to support students.
- Analyze instruction and use feedback for the purpose of improving one’s own practice.
- Develop long- and short-term goals for professional growth and a plan to pursue them.