Standard #5:  Application of Content.  The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

5(a) The teacher develops and implements projects that guide learners in analyzing the complexities of an issue or question using perspectives from varied disciplines and cross-disciplinary skills (e.g., a water quality study that draws upon biology and chemistry to look at factual information and social studies to examine policy implications).  (Performances)
5(i) The teacher understands the ways of knowing in his/her discipline, how it relates to other disciplinary approaches to inquiry, and the strengths and limitations of each approach in addressing problems, issues, and concerns.  (Essential Knowledge)
5(s) The teacher values flexible learning environments that encourage learner exploration, discovery, and expression across content areas.  (Critical Dispositions)

In my words: I know how to teach effectively by linking central concepts, using connected learning, and teaching both creative and critical thinking to connect classroom content to outside/real world lessons and issues.


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