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INTASC Standards

Interstate New Teacher Assessment & Support Consortium (INTASC)
National standards with suggested artifacts

Standard #1 - Knowledge of Subject Matter 
The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structure of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

Examples of artifacts:

  • Student transcript
  • Portion of teaching unit
  • Scholarly papers or annotated bibliographies that demonstrate subject matter expertise

Standard #2 - Knowledge of Human Development and Learning
The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support his or her intellectual, social, and personal development.

Examples of artifacts:  

  • A research paper that describes the four stages of cognitive development
  • Activities created that demonstrate the students' needs for hands on participation
  • Pictures of the teacher interacting informally with learners

Standard #3 - 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.

Examples of artifacts:

  • A letter from the learning disability teacher thanking the pre-service teacher for his work with a particular learner
  • A letter from a parent thanking the pre-service teacher for working to help a learner adjust to the classroom
  • A contact between the student and an ESL learner outlining responsibilities

Standard #4 - 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.

Examples of artifacts:  

  • Lesson plans and/or photographs that demonstrate use of strategies that encourage critical thinking and problem solving
  • Student work samples that demonstrate the result of problem solving and critical thinking
  • Notes from supervisors, peers, parents, students commenting on the use of varied strategies

Standard #5 - Classroom Motivation and Management
The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.

Examples of artifacts: 

  • Anecdotal records of positive teacher/student interactions
  • Motivation/discipline statement or philosophy
  • Notes or letters from students or parents, regarding student growth
  • Photographs of students working together
  • Letters of reference
  • Anecdotal records that document a discipline problem or concern, the steps that were taken to improve it and teacher reflections on the growth make

Standard #6 - Communication Skills (including technology)
The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom. The teacher uses computer technology as an aid in research and learning.

Examples of artifacts:  

  • Lesson plan with rationale statement documenting how teacher achieved an effective communication technique.
  • Writing sample
  • Photographs of bulletin boards
  • Teacher-made transparencies that foster inquiry or collaboration
  • Lessons including information from the WEB, CD-Roms
  • Evidence of multimedia projects - teacher and student projects

Standard #7 - Instructional Planning Skills
The teacher plans instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

Examples of artifacts:  

  • Community resource documents - guest speaker letters, town brochure
  • Portions of curriculum documents, related to lesson plans
  • Lesson plans, with curricular and instructional adaptation for students
  • Teacher made materials; example of re-teaching
  • Photographs of students actively engaged in project work
  • Examples of student work and self-evaluations

Standard #8 - Assessment of Student Learning
The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to ensure continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.

Examples of artifacts: 

  • Anecdotal records & running records kept by teacher to document student progress and the decisions that were made about future instruction
  • Teacher-made test
  • Description of an alternative assessment and teacher reflection on the success of its implementation
  • Philosophy of education, related to assessment
  • Teacher developed checklist, behavior tallies and rating scales and a description of how they are used
  • Story retell with teacher comments and follow-up learning activities
  • Student self evaluations
  • Parent evaluations and feedback to their child

Standard #9 - Professional Commitment and Responsibility
The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community), and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

Examples of artifacts:

  • Reflective journal entries related to specific students, lessons, or incident
  • Evidence of service on professional committees/organizations
  • Evidence of attendance at workshops/conferences
  • Evidence of parent involvement in the classroom

Standard #10 - Partnerships
The teacher fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well being.

Examples of artifacts:  

  • Jointly created lesson plans
  • Letters to and from parents and community members
  • Examples of students' work that involve children and/or adults outside the regular classroom