What teachers should know and be able to do
Published 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:
- Teachers are committed to their students and their learning.
- Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
- Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
- Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
- Teachers are members of learning communities.
There 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