Conversations with your Teacher Candidate

How to manage a classroom by using mutual respect and rapport as the foundation.

How to design lessons that engage children in the learning process.

How to plan lessons that scaffold and build on prior knowledge of students.

How to get to know the students in the classroom, their personal interests, and cultural assets, and about the community in which they live.

How to differentiate lessons for students with varied learning needs. (Students with IEPs, 504 plans, slow learners, Ell students, struggling readers, gifted students)

How to connect personal, cultural and community assets to teaching and learning.

How to most effectively teach content.

Talk about the academic language used in the discipline and how to develop supports for students with varying language needs. Also how you might assess the language use.

How to ask good questions aligned with objectives that get student thinking.

How to write good assessments aligned with learning objectives and standards.

Looking at quantitative and qualitative assessment data for the whole class to determine what students are doing well and what they still need to work on.

Looking at student work samples to fine tune the assessment analysis.

How to provide rich feedback to students on an assessment.

How to use the assessment data to define next steps of instruction.

How to ensure students in the classroom understand the feedback provided and provide opportunities for students in the classroom to use the feedback to advance their learning.

How to be a reflective practitioner/How to reflect on teaching and learning in the classroom.