Posts Tagged ‘21st Century’

New Teacher Evaluation Instrument: Standard #4

March 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Standard IV: Teachers facilitate learning for their students

Teachers know the ways in which learning takes place, and they know the appropriate levels of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of their students.

Teachers know how students think and learn. Teachers understand the influences that affect individual student learning (development, culture, language proficiency, etc.) and differentiate their instruction accordingly. 

Teachers keep abreast of evolving research about student learning. They adapt resources to address the strengths and weaknesses of their students.


Teachers plan instruction appropriate for their students.  

Teachers collaborate with their colleagues and use a variety of data sources for short- and long-range planning based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. These plans reflect an understanding of how students learn.

Teachers engage students in the learning process. They understand that instructional plans must be consistently monitored and modified to enhance learning.

Teachers make the curriculum responsive to cultural differences and individual learning needs.


Teachers use a variety of instructional methods.  

Teachers choose the methods and techniques that are most effective in meeting the needs of their students as they strive to eliminate achievement gaps.

Teachers employ a wide range of techniques including information and communication technology, learning styles, and differentiated instruction.


Teachers integrate and utilize technology in their instruction.  

Teachers know when and how to use technology to maximize student learning.

Teachers help students use technology to learn content, think critically, solve problems, discern reliability, use information, communicate, innovate, and collaborate.


Teachers help students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.  

Teachers encourage students to ask questions, think creatively, develop and test innovative ideas, synthesize knowledge, and draw conclusions. They help students exercise and communicate sound reasoning; understand connections; make complex choices; and frame, analyze, and solve problems.


Teachers help students work in teams and develop leadership qualities.  

Teachers teach the importance of cooperation and collaboration. They organize learning teams in order to help students define roles, strengthen social ties, improve communication and collaborative skills, interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds, and develop leadership qualities.


Teachers communicate effectively.  

Teachers communicate in ways that are clearly understood by their students. They are perceptive listeners and are able to communicate with students in a variety of ways even when language is a barrier.

Teachers help students articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively.


Teachers use a variety of methods to assess what each student has learned.  

Teachers use multiple indicators, including formative and summative assessments, to evaluate student progress and growth as they strive to eliminate achievement gaps.

Teachers provide opportunities, methods, feedback, and tools for students to assess themselves and each other.

Teachers use 21st century assessment systems to inform instruction and demonstrate evidence of students’ 21st century knowledge, skills, performance, and dispositions.

Examples of Artifacts

Lesson Plans


Use of Student Learning Teams 


Collaborative Lesson Planning

Display of Technology Used to Facilitate InstructionDocumentation of Differentiated Instruction Professional Development

Materials Used to Promote Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


To access the full North Carolina Teacher Evaluation Process Document, click here:   (Pages 5-9 of this document will provide you with background information, definitions, and a rationale for the changes in the teacher evaluation process and instrument.)

To access all documents, videos, forms, PowerPoints, and charts related to the New Teacher Evaluation Process, click here:


Podcasting — Active Engagement for Digital Natives

September 7, 2009 1 comment

podcastrssImagine this… Students collaborate to create a podcast reviewing concepts before a test. The review is ready when the students are. Ipods, desktop computers, laptops, mp3 players, and cell phones can all be used to bring the review to the student — day or night. Talk about “on demand” learning.

Students can listen to their review podcasts while watching a basketball game, while eating dinner, while standing in line at a shopping mall, or anytime they choose. Imagine what this could mean for our students. Podcasting provides an opportunity to create — the highest level of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy.

Creating a Podcast
Creating a Podcast is as simple as recording an MP3 file directly on your computer’s hard drive, using a microphone and any of a number of audio utilities. At the most basic level, that is all it takes.

Take time to view this short Common Craft informational video to help you gain a better understanding of podcasting.

Want to know more?

You can get free podcast creation software at Audacity Donna Murray can help you download this free software as our firewall settings prohibit full installation without a site tech administrator.

Podcast hosting and publishing
When you’ve created your Podcast, you need to put it somewhere and let people know where to find it. Many blogging tools now also allow the hosting of Podcasts on their service. However, since audio files are large, there are usually some limitations. Here are some specific Podcast hosting and publishing services.

Odeo (
Podbean (
Podomatic (
Switchpod (

For more ideas about how to use podcasting in the classroom, check out this video.

Podcasting in the Classroom
You can create a podcast of a lesson or have your students create podcasts for assignments. Here are podcastpurple some ways you can include podcasting into your classroom regardless of your content area:

If you are interested in podcasting or podcasts, Donna Murray has bookmarked a variety of resources for you on her Delicious page.


Finally, here is a podcast especially for you. By clicking on the link below, you can listen to a podcast about the eight easy steps for creating a podcast.

Happy Podcasting!