Planning: Dimension 1.3

Dimension 1.3 Knowledge of Students

Through knowledge of students and proven practices, the teacher ensures high levels of learning, social-emotional development and achievement for all students.


Clarifying Statement

This dimension focuses on teachers having a strong understanding of the students they teach, their educational and developmental backgrounds, and individual learning needs. In highly effective classrooms, there is a direct connection between students' learning needs and how the teacher implements proven practices to ensure high levels of learning, social-emotional development and achievement for all students.


Standards Basis:

Standards Basis: 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C

Possible Sources of Evidence:

  • Conferences and Conversations with the Teacher
  • Formal Observations/ Walkthroughs
  • Classroom Artifacts
  • Student Growth Processes
  • Analysis of Student Data

  • Connection Between Knowledge of Students and Lesson Execution

  • T-TESS Alignment to Practice

  • Key Questions

Distinguished

Instructional Materials Includes:
  • All lessons that connect to students’ prior knowledge, experiences, interests and future learning expectations across content areas.
  • Guidance for students to apply their strengths, background knowledge, life experiences and skills to enhance each other’s learning.
  • Opportunities for students to utilize their individual learning patterns, habits and needs to achieve high levels of academic and social-emotional success.

Accomplished

Instructional Materials Includes:
  • All lessons that connect to students’ prior knowledge, experiences and future learning expectations.
  • Guidance for students to apply their strengths, background knowledge, life experiences and skills to enhance their own learning.
  • Opportunities for students to utilize their individual learning patterns, habits and needs.

Developing

Instructional Materials Includes:
  • Most lessons that connect to students’ prior knowledge and experiences.
  • Adjustments to address strengths and gaps in background knowledge, life experiences and skills of most students.

Improvement Needed

Instructional Materials Includes:
  • Few lessons that connect to students’ prior knowledge and experiences.
  • Adjustments to address strengths and gaps in background knowledge, life experiences and skills of few students.
Student-Centered Actions
Teacher-Center Actions