Know students

As listed in the National Professional Standards for Teachers, educators must “know students and how they learn.”

This standard is broken down into a few subcategories:

1.1 Physical, social, and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2 Understand how students learn
1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds
1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
1.5 Differentiate teaching to meet specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities
1.6 Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

I believe that I have met the criteria by doing the following:

  • I believe that good teaching requires me as a teacher to form relationships with the students are quickly as possible. I use simple ways such as getting students to write their names on their practical work immediately so that when they come to me with a question I can see their name and use it in our conversation. This simple repetition helps me get to know their name within the first week.
  • I treat students as individuals. If believe that student learn in different ways so I break up the way that a student can achieve individual excellence.
  • My subject area lends itself to differentiated projects. Students design what they want to make and by guiding them through their designs and working with them in the initial stages helps them grow in their understanding. Reflection of their learning during the process enables them to see areas of growth and areas that need development.
  • If I have students with learning needs or disabilities in my classes I work with the Adaptive Education team to enable me to deliver curriculum that allows the student to shine. I feel blessed to work with these students and often I learn more from them than they do from me.


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