Standards of Effective Practice Portfolio

The state of Minnesota requires all teachers to meet 10 standards of effective practice in teaching.  The following is a list of these standards with links to my work in each of these areas.  To see the detailed requirements for each standard, visit
A teacher must understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the disciplines taught and be able to create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

A teacher must understand how students learn and develop and must provide learning opportunities that support a student’s intellectual, social, and personal development.

A teacher must understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to students with diverse backgrounds and exceptionalities.

A teacher must understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage student development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

A teacher must be able to use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create learning environments that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

A teacher must be able to use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

A teacher must be able to plan and manage instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

A teacher must understand and be able to use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous  intellectual, social, and physical development of the student.

A teacher must be a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of choices and actions on others, including students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community, and who actively seeks out opportunities for professional growth.

A teacher must be able to communicate and interact with parents or guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support student learning and well-being.