What teachers should know and be able to do

teacherPublished by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), 1987, now available as The 5 Core Propositions.

I found this short tract when I inherited the contents of the bookshelves in my office at Enka Schools in 2002. It lingered there for a little longer, but then I picked it up one afternoon and read it from cover to cover in an hour (it’s 21 pages long). I was fascinated by the unambiguously simple title and I was not disappointed by what it had to say. In making the case for rigorous and thoughtful practice, it makes five propositions:

  1. Teachers are committed to their students and their learning.
  2. Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  3. Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  4. Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  5. Teachers are members of learning communities.

nbThere you are – it’s as easy as that! Reading this seminal text which lays at the philosophical core of the excellent NBPTS, is as stimulating today as when I first read it. If you read no other professional publication this year, read the 5 Propositions. Click here to view pdf

Andy Homden

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