While the popular media often portray good teachers as charismatic “sages on the stage,” skillful teaching is a sophisticated cognitive process in an intensely interpersonal environment whose most fundamental activities are less dramatic and often invisible to the casual observer.
Skillful teaching requires:
• designing meaningful lessons that engage and ultimately ensure success for all students;
• developing a highly-nuanced professional judgment informed by both “hard” and “soft” evidence to assess student learning and to determine the most appropriate teaching methods;
• applying emotional intelligence and human relations skills with students, parents, and colleagues in complex and ever-changing circumstances;
• engaging in professional learning and collaboration with colleagues to continuously improve teaching and learning; and
• managing personal energy and time to enable vitality both in school and at home.
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