Standard 1: Discipline Taught Candidates know, understand, and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) they teach and can create learning experiences that develop student competence in the subject matter.
Supporting Explanation Candidates demonstrate a broad general understanding of the major concepts of the discipline they teach. They understand and are able to use assumptions and the processes of inquiry for the discipline being taught. Candidates create interdisciplinary learning experiences that allow students to integrate knowledge, skills and methods of inquiry from several related subject areas. They use connections in instruction across disciplines and draw on their knowledge to build understanding and motivate students.
My Reflection on This Standard: As a teacher I believe that I should gather materials to teach in the most effective manner. This includes using materials across subject areas to relate topics whenever possible. I want my students to use the inquiry process to ask questions while learning. I do not want to be a teacher that always provides the information or the answers. I expect my students to know and understand the process of finding and searching for information. I hope while integrating new knowledge and skills that I am able to create a safe space that allows for curious learners. Without curiosity in my learning environment my class will not be too inviting and fun. With developing these new skills and a love of learning, I realize that it is vital that connections to real world events. Children need to master skills in relation to the world, not just to master a test.
Artifact Explanation: Below is a small portion from a thematic unit i completed with a group on the Appalachian Trail. This shows how each subject area was pulled in order to create a unit.