Competency Four


The educational professional understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

Effective educators and other school professionals set high expectations for students and persist in helping children achieve success.  Effective educators understand that students may approach learning differently and are aware of the influence of such factors as learning styles, multiple intelligences, different performance modes, disabilities, and second language acquisition, as well as culture, family and community values. With this understanding, teachers, administrators, and others set appropriate expectations and create learning communities in which individual differences are respected and valued.  In addition, they use educational and communication approaches that are sensitive to developmental differences, different learning and performance modes, and make provisions for individual students who have particular needs. Effective educational professionals can also identify and access appropriate services and resources to increase their own repertoire of instructional strategies and support children.