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INTASC Principles

Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Principles

Principle 1 - Content Pedagogy

The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teachers and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
FL Version - Language teachers are proficient in the language they teach. They understand language as a system, how students learn a language, and how language and culture are linked. They are knowledgeable about the cultures of the people who speak the language. Using this knowledge, they create learning experiences that help students develop language proficiency and build cultural understanding.

Principle 2 - Student Development

The teacher understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support a child's intellectual, social, and personal development.
FL Version - Language teachers understand how students learn and develop and can relate this to their development of language proficiency and cultural understanding. They provide learning experiences that are appropriate to and support learners' development.

Principle 3 - Diverse Learners

The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
FL Version - Language teachers understand how learners differ in their knowledge, experiences, abilities, needs, and approaches to language learning, and create instructional opportunities and environments that are appropriate for the learner that reflect learner diversity.

Principle 4 - Multiple Instructional Strategies

The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
FL Version - Language teachers understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to help learners develop language proficiency, build cultural understanding, and foster critical thinking skills.

Principle 5 - 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.
FL Version - Language teachers create an interactive, engaging, and supportive learning environment that encourages student self-motivation and promotes their language learning and cultural understanding.

Principle 6 - Communication and Technology

The teacher uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
FL Version - Language teachers use effective verbal and nonverbal communication and multimedia resources to foster language development and cultural understanding.

Principle 7 - Planning

The teacher plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
FL Version - Language teachers plan instruction based on their knowledge of the target language and cultures, learners, standards-based curriculum, and the learning context.

Principle 8 - Assessment

The teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
FL Version - Language teachers understand and use a variety of assessment strategies to monitor student learning, to inform language and culture instruction, and to report student progress.

Principle 9 - Reflective Practice: Professional Growth

The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his or her choices and action on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
FL Version - Language teachers are reflective practitioners who continually evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others and actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally.

Principle 10 - School and Community Involvement

The teacher fosters relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well being.
FL Version - Language teachers foster relationships with school colleagues, families, and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.

For more information on INTASC Principles visit the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium.

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